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The Research Files Episode 42: Playfulness and class clown behaviour
The Research Files Episode 42: Playfulness and class clown behaviour

Associate Professor Lynn Barnett-Morris joins Teacher to discuss her longitudinal study The education of playful boys: class clowns in the classroom. For the last three years she’s been researching Kindergarten-aged children to determine how playfulness in the classroom is viewed by the children themselves, their classmates and their teachers.

Miss Chen’s blog: Understanding Australia’s animals
Miss Chen’s blog: Understanding Australia’s animals

In this regular blog, Miss Chen will be sharing some of the F-2 resources she’s been using in her classroom, which are all available to download for free via the Little J & Big Cuz website. For today’s activity, her class identified Australia’s native animals.

Miss Chen’s blog: Learning to negotiate
Miss Chen’s blog: Learning to negotiate

Miss Chen shares some of the F-2 resources she’s been using in her classroom. In today’s activity, the Year 1 students build on their interpersonal skills by learning how to negotiate their way out of a range of tricky situations.

Educators making a difference to students’ lives
Educators making a difference to students’ lives

This year’s winner of the $1 million Global Teacher Prize has just been announced. Here we celebrate the achievements of the other nine educators who made the final 10 – selected from more than 30 000 nominations and applications from 173 countries.

Miss Chen’s blog: Literacy in the early years
Miss Chen’s blog: Literacy in the early years

In this regular blog, Miss Chen will be sharing some of the F-2 resources she’s been using in her classroom, which are all available to download for free via the Little J & Big Cuz website. For today’s activity, the class created their own picture story books about the animals they’d spotted while out on Country.

Smoothing early years transitions
Smoothing early years transitions

Teachers play a central role in supporting children who are starting formal schooling for the first time to settle in. University of Wollongong researchers have been studying how early years educators can help smooth the transition from preschool.

Miss Chen’s blog: Traditional Indigenous games in preschool
Miss Chen’s blog: Traditional Indigenous games in preschool

In this regular blog, Miss Chen will be sharing some of the F-2 resources she’s been using in her classroom, which are all available to download for free via the Little J & Big Cuz website. For today’s activity, her class has learned how to play a traditional Indigenous bush game.

The Research Files Episode 36: Student fitness and wellbeing
The Research Files Episode 36: Student fitness and wellbeing

In this instalment of The Research Files we discuss student fitness and wellbeing, specifically, two simple exercise programs – the first is a new project aimed at improving adolescent health and wellbeing, and the second is being used by thousands of early years and primary students across the world.

Reading aloud – not just for the early years
Reading aloud – not just for the early years

Research has highlighted the importance of providing ongoing opportunities for children to read aloud in class to teachers and friends, and at home to parents, siblings and even pets.

Early grade reading changing children’s lives
Early grade reading changing children’s lives

Quality early grade reading is a key focus for the Global Partnership for Education. In her latest Teacher column, Julia Gillard explains how hundreds of millions of children around the world are denied the opportunity to learn to read, and shares how a focus on improving reading standards in Nepal is changing lives for the better.