News: Arnhem Land school develops curriculum to improve mental health

A remote homelands school in the Northern Territory is using Indigenous ideas about wellbeing in its curriculum to improve student mental health. The Yirrkala Homeland School in north-east Arnhem Land has been trying to address high youth suicide rates, self-harm and poor school attendance, according to its teachers. Continue reading at ABC News.

Thinking back to move our English language learners forward

Module 5 concludes our course Teaching students from a refugee background (c) State of NSW (Dept 0f Education) 2016. Looking at the module outline I have been pondering why it bears the simple title, Teaching Writing – but more of that later.   To be able to write well is definitely ‘hard work’. Stephen King says that, the scariest moment is always…

Australian Education Blogs ebooks

I have returned to working on a series of ebooks that I began a couple of years ago. The draft for the first title, Time Tips for Teachers covers the three areas which all educators must perform as part of their role in a school or education setting. I have written these from my own experience as a…

News: Is there a crisis in public education?

For some, such as the authors of the review of the Australian Curriculum, the problem lies in the need for schools to pay greater attention to “the impact of Western civilisation and Judeo-Christianity on Australia’s development”. For others, the crisis lies in the quality of teachers. Some people also think the belly of the crisis…

Is assessment unfair?

How do teachers assess, and are they thinking of student needs when they design tasks to deduct progression in learning and gaps in curriculum design? In a recent article in The Conversation as part of its Educating Australia series, Geoff Masters (CEO, Australian Council for Educational Research) called for an alternative approach to assessment that he…