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Teaching reading – it’s simple but not simplistic
Teaching reading – it’s simple but not simplistic

Today’s reader submission is by Sir Jim Rose, author of the influential 2006 UK report The Independent review of the teaching of early reading, which led to the adoption of mandatory teaching of systematic synthetic phonics in English primary schools. Here, he discusses ‘the simple view of reading’ and its implications.

Year 1 literacy and numeracy checks
Year 1 literacy and numeracy checks

A government advisory panel has recommended the introduction of national literacy and numeracy checks in Year 1 as a way of identifying students who need additional support. Here we take a closer look at the report, including the benefits and challenges raised by teachers and principals.

Giving parents a ‘nudge’ on student attendance
Giving parents a ‘nudge’ on student attendance

A US research study suggests a simple postcard to parents encouraging them to improve their child’s school attendance could be a powerful tool for educators.

Reconciliation begins at home
Reconciliation begins at home

'Sitting down with our children to watch programs that demonstrate and celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being, such as Little J & Big Cuz, is one small ‘next step’ that each of us can take on the journey towards reconciliation.'

Global Teacher Prize recognises the world’s best
Global Teacher Prize recognises the world’s best

The Global Teacher prize awards US $1 million to an exceptional educator who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. Here, we take a look at those who made the coveted top 10 shortlist.

Canadian educator wins $1 million teacher prize
Canadian educator wins $1 million teacher prize

A teacher who has spent the last six years working in a fly-in Inuit village in the Canadian arctic has been named the winner of the Global Teacher Prize.

Making transition a positive experience – 10 key strategies
Making transition a positive experience – 10 key strategies

In today's article Donna Cross and Leanne Lester from the University of Western Australia discuss 10 key strategies to enhance student transition to secondary school.

Using personal best goal-setting and values driven action
Using personal best goal-setting 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.

STEM Captain leading the way
STEM Captain leading the way

As Kew High School’s first STEM Captain, this student is on a mission to promote the benefits of opting to continue with STEM in secondary school and beyond.

Targeting ‘big ideas’ in mathematics
Targeting ‘big ideas’ in mathematics

'Targeted teaching is characterised by an unrelenting focus on "big ideas", without which students’ progress in mathematics will be seriously impacted.' Professor Di Siemon discusses how targeted teaching in relation to six ‘big ideas’ in number can lift student achievement in mathematics.