Teacher Central

by Leanne Morgan at 10:26 AM
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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 throughout the term, especially when teaching the Australian Curriculum, thereby reducing teacher preparation time and work load.

Please click on 'Forums' (above) to ask questions or find/share resources.
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
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

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?
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....
by Leanne Morgan at 9:20 PM
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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....
by Leanne Morgan at 9:03 PM
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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.

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by Leanne Morgan at 8:31 PM
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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
by Leanne Morgan at 8:39 PM
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This video has been around for a while, but I've just come across it again and it still gets me thinking.

by Leanne Morgan at 8:36 PM
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Have you heard of TeachMeets? Do you use Twitter? The article below provides some interesting insights into TeachMeets. It's worth looking into the value of Twitter as a teacher collaboration tool. It's great to follow other educators throughout the world and to learn from their ideas and experience. Have you attended a TeachMeet before? Was it a positive experience for you?

A teachers' show and tell: professional learning unplugged
By Tony Loughland – Senior Lecturer in Education at University of Sydney
25 October 2012, 6.34am AEST

It’s been a long time since I have been in a pub at 10.30am but that’s where you would have found me last Saturday at the Great Northern Hotel in Chatswood, Sydney.

I wasn’t there to get on the punt or have a middy of black to settle the hippy shakes but to be part of a teacher professional learning phenomena called TeachMeet. Twenty teachers turned up on a cold, wet Saturday morning to learn from each other in a convivial atmosphere in the back room of a pub in front of the fire....