Teacher Central

Mar
28
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Aims and Objectives of Teacher Central

The web page aims to provide a forum for teachers to work collaboratively by seeking help and sharing advice on curriculum, pedagogy, assessment and any other education-based issue.

It will also hopefully become a repository of resources and teaching ideas which educators can easily access as needed, thereby reducing teacher preparation time and work load.

Please click on 'Forums' (above) to ask questions or find/share resources.
Jun
02
by Leanne Morgan at 10:27 AM
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I've recently started studying a Master of Teacher Librarianship and as part of my studies, I have started a blog. The blog focuses on information literacy and I expect that there will also be some overlap into digital and media literacy. I'll include the first few paragraphs below but if you would like to read more, please go to blog.leanne-morgan.com.

I love research! I love to share my passion with my teaching colleagues too! In the past, I’ve created and shared how-to videos on research tips and tricks and referencing, provided teacher ‘cheat sheets’ of great background reading and resources for research assignments, co-taught classes which focused on research skills or processes and collaborated with my school’s Director of Professional Learning and lead teacher librarian in the creation of our school-wide Inquiry Learning Research Process. As a teacher, I try to instil a love of research in my students too. This is not always an easy sell to teenagers though.

A recent school library survey I conducted revealed a clear desire from teachers to know more about teaching research skills, including advanced search options, referencing and online databases. Databases! Databases! Databases! It was mentioned time and time again.

Databases are comprehensive, searchable, quality controlled, peer reviewed, valuable research support tools which are often not findable via a Google search. Databases are contained in the part...
May
08
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Being able to adapt in the classroom improves teachers’ well-being
May 8, 2016
Rebecca J Collie, Andrew Martin, Helena Granziera

"Every few months, there are reports about the prevalence of poor well-being and high attrition among teachers...

The extent to which we are able to adjust our thoughts, actions, and emotions in order to successfully respond to these types of situations is known as adaptability..."

Research by academics at the University of New South Wales has shown that "when teachers were more adaptable, they tended to report lower work disengagement and, in turn, greater job commitment."

Read more: https://theconversation.com/being-able-to-adapt-in-the-classroom-improves-teachers-well-being-95788


Without a doubt, adaptability is a necessary skill for teachers everyday in so much of what we do - from planning, to classroom practice, to managing curriculum decisions and change and more. Maintaining adaptability requires that teachers feel supported, but there are significant benefits to be had for teacher well being and consequently students.

Do you agree with the findings of the study? How do you maintain adaptability in your daily teaching?
Jan
19
by Leanne Morgan at 10:38 PM
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I came across the following reflection recently and thought I would share it. I think it has relevance to the classroom.

“A species in which everyone was General Patton would not succeed, any more than would a race in which everyone was Vincent van Gogh.

“I prefer to think that the planet needs athletes, philosophers, sex symbols, painters, scientists; it needs the warmhearted, the hardhearted, the coldhearted, and the weakhearted. It needs those who can devote their lives to studying how many droplets of water are secreted by the salivary glands of dogs under which circumstances, and it needs those who can capture the passing impression of cherry blossoms in a fourteen-syllable poem or devote 20-five pages to the dissection of a small boy’s feelings as he lies in bed in the dark waiting for his mother to kiss him goodnight…

“Indeed the presence of outstanding strengths presupposes that energy needed in other areas has been channeled away from them.” — Allen Shawn
Mar
18
by Leanne Morgan at 9:08 PM
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Passion of would-be teachers put to the test
By chief political correspondent Emma Griffiths, staff
Updated Mon Mar 11, 2013 11:18pm AEDT
Prospective teachers will have to prove their passion for the job, as well as pass new literacy and numeracy tests, before winning a place in university.

The new teacher training guidelines were announced by the Federal Government today and will be phased in over the next few years.

They include a literacy and numeracy test to ensure would-be teachers are in the top 30 per cent in Australia before they can graduate.

The guidelines also aim to establish a national approach to the timing and objectives of 'prac' - or practical - teaching elements of a course.

Minister for Tertiary Education Chris Bowen says a person's passion and emotional intelligence will also count.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-03-11/aspiring-teachers-to-prove-their-passion-in-new-tests/4565358

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Feb
03
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by Leanne Morgan at 10:00 PM
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Parents face laptop slug as funds run dry
February 3, 2013
Jessica Wright
THE federal government's scheme providing high school students with laptop computers is on the brink of collapse, leaving parents with hefty bills and educators with a chaotic start to the school year.

Schools are already telling parents they must lease approved laptops for pupils this year, at a cost of hundreds of dollars. Some are telling students to bring their own computers, raising a raft of problems around internet capacity, security and provision of software, as well as placing pressure on low-income families.

Principals told Fairfax Media laptops were now essential for all students and they were being forced to shift the cost of providing them onto parents.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/national/e...nds-run-dry-20130202-2drqr.html#ixzz2JpvKTsiZ

What are your thoughts on who should be paying for student laptops? What is your school doing about student laptops?
Dec
05
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by Leanne Morgan at 7:50 PM
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While the following article is not specifically related to education, I thought that it might be of interest to teachers nonetheless. Let me know what you think.

What young people fear most - and it's not the environment
December 5, 2012
Rachel Browne
Sun-Herald journalist

FORGET trees. The biggest concern for the next generation is finding a job to support their families.
The economy has overtaken the environment as the most pressing concern for the young, according to a survey of 15,000 people aged 15 to 19.

The environment was the top national concern in the past two National Youth Surveys conducted by Mission Australia but its 11th annual report found it had slipped to sixth place this year, with only 17.5 per cent of respondents saying it was the most important issue facing the country, compared with 37.4 per cent who made the same comment last year....
Nov
19
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Teachers unlock tweet smell of success
November 12, 2012
Ainslie MacGibbon and Elisabeth Tarica.

WHILE our leaders nut out what innovations are needed to elevate Australia's schools into the top five on the international league table by 2025, something more collaborative is already happening – on Twitter.

Educators in Australia and around the world are finding each other on the microblogging network to converse, exchange ideas and conduct research. Some argue this grassroots conversation will contribute significantly to improving what goes on in our classrooms. Others question how this is possible in 140 characters.

A common misconception is that Twitter aggregates only banal snippets – what my pet dog just ate, for example – while the utility of the site as a professional tool is overlooked. Yet many educators were "early adopters", and a growing number use Twitter as an integral part of their personal learning network (or PLN). At times education-related topics – or hashtags, such as #edchat, #edfocus and #edreform – are among the most discussed topics on Twitter worldwide....
Nov
19
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School leavers dropping out of workforce, education: COAG
By chief political correspondent Simon Cullen
Updated Wed Nov 14, 2012

The proportion of school leavers in work or enrolled in further education has fallen, despite the Government's continued focus on skills and training.

The figures have prompted concern that there is a growing cohort of young Australians missing out on economic and social opportunities.

According to the latest report prepared by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Reform Council, 72.5 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds were either in work, further education or training in 2011.

That is a significant drop on the 2008 figures, when the proportion was 76.3 per cent.

Read more:...
Oct
31
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Triple J's Hack show on Monday, 29th October discussed Julia Gillard's Asian Century white paper. The blurb was as follows:

Will you embrace the Asian century? The PM says it's where you need to look for your future to get the best job. With a growing Asian middle class, Julia Gillard says Australia should position itself to take advantage but that means doing some serious work. We can't just rely on our minerals to get by according to the Asian century white paper, more of you need to learn Asian languages starting in schools and live and work in Asia. Plus all your calls and texts on whether we should embrace Asia to get ahead.

This program is unique because it seeks to explore issues from young people's perspectives. The link to the program is here: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/triplej/hack/daily/hack_mon_2012_10_29.mp3