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Long reads / Teacher archives

So you want to be creative?

A creative person will possess skills such as critical thinking and divergent thinking, will be able to imagine at higher levels than those around them. Veronica Harris explains how you can plan for and assess creativity in your classroom.

Long reads

Changing the mental mantra to ‘I love maths’

How do you teach students who say, ‘I hate maths’? Through an intensive, self-motivating brain-based program – and with the help of some Lego – as Dr Ragnar Purje explains.

Long reads

Making the most of parent-teacher interviews

Kate Perkins discusses the benefits of effective teacher-parent relationships, how to get reluctant parents involved in the classroom, and how to best manage parent-teacher interviews.

Long reads

Classroom layout – what the research says

What effect do different classroom seating arrangements have on student participation? Should teachers or students decide who sits where? We take a look at what the research says.

Audio

Podcast: Improving learning and behaviour

Student disengagement in the classroom is widespread, according to a new Grattan Institute report. We sat down with the report’s co-author Julie Sonnemann to discuss the four school level recommendations that came out of this research.
 

Reader Submission / Long reads

Personal best goals and values driven action

Dr Jasmine Green and Professor Andrew Martin explore adolescent motivation and engagement using personal best goal-setting and values driven action.

Short articles

The value of student competitions and awards

Professor Leon Sterling explains why competitions and awards can, among other things, be a good outlet for students who excel and want to be challenged.

Long reads

The effect of student tardiness on learning

Several studies have shown that school tardiness has a negative impact on learning outcomes for both the late student and their classroom peers. Here, we explore the issue.

Video

Building confidence through Creative Arts

In his latest Teacher video Greg Whitby speaks to Brad Carroll, from St Mary MacKillop Primary in Penrith South, New South Wales, about the school’s Stage 2 Strings program.

Video

Engaging girls in engineering and science

Greg Whitby speaks to one educator about his school’s programs which use real life tasks to get girls in Years 9 and 10 engaged in engineering and science.

School community