Teacher Central

New Members

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Welcome to Teacher Central - a forum for teachers to discuss education related matters, whether they be about pedagogy, subject content, assessment, curriculum or education in general.

The website has been set up to help teachers at all stages in their careers work together to share resources, teaching ideas, seek advice/feedback and to promote discussion about education, especially related to the implementation of the Australian Curriculum. The aim of the site is to promote teacher collaboration throughout Australia.

You may like to start by looking at the threads in your subject area/s. You can choose to 'Watch Forum' for those subjects that you teach which allows you to receive e-mails to your inbox whenever anyone posts anything about the subjects you teach or replies to any questions you may have posted. Please note that you will only receive one e-mail per thread until you visit the site again. This prevents you from getting multiple messages from threads...

Aims and Objectives of Teacher Central

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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.

I've recently moved into a Teacher Librarian role and I've been adding some information literacy and literature promotion resources to my blog (please click).

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

Tips for Teaching Information and Media Literacy

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I have recently been doing more reading on effective strategies for teaching Information and Media Literacy. I created this infographic and you can read the evaluation of my research here.

I'd love to hear your feedback if you have any comments or suggestions.

News There's a reason your child wants to read the same book over and over again

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There's a reason your child wants to read the same book over and over again
November 2, 2018
Jane Herbert and Elisabeth Duursma

Jane Herbert, Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology and Elisabeth Duursma, Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Literacy, both from the University of Wollongong offer some interesting insights into childhood reading. Essentially, the reason that children love reading the same book again and again is because repeated exposure helps children encode and remember. For example, repetition helps children learn new words and connect concepts.

The authors provide an example of a children's television show which was repeated every day for a week as part of a study. The study showed that the comprehension of 3-5 year olds increased after five consecutive days suggesting that repeated exposure is important for learning.

The authors suggest that the important thing to remember when parents are reading and re-reading the same book is to try and...
Teaching Idea Inquiry Learning and Information Literacy
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I have recently completed an assignment as part of my Masters studies on how to effectively embed information literacy (e.g. research skills) into inquiry learning. I created this infographic and you can read the evaluation of my research here.

I'd love to hear your feedback if you have any comments or suggestions.

News Can you tell fact from fiction in the news? Most students can’t.

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Can you tell fact from fiction in the news? Most students can’t.
September 10, 2018
Kathleen Williams and Jocelyn Nettlefold

"Social media platforms are now the main source of news for Australians aged 18 to 24."

Despite this, recent studies have shown that young Australians are not confident about spotting false news online. The authors of this article, from the University of Tasmania, call for dedicated curricula, professional development and resources to boost critical thinking about media, in and beyond the classroom.


Bringing the invisible web 'closer to the surface'

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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...

News Being able to adapt in the classroom improves teachers’ well-being

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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...

Appreciating Difference

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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

News Passion of would-be teachers put to the test

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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...
News Parents face laptop slug as funds run dry
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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...
News What young people fear most-and it's not the environment
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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...

News Teachers unlock tweet smell of success

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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....

News School leavers dropping out of workforce, education: COAG

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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...

Hack: Will you embrace the Asian century?

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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

Shift Happens

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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.

News A teachers' show and tell: professional learning unplugged
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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...
News Study finds homework has limited value
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An interesting article and radio excerpt on the relevance of homework, particularly focusing on primary school students. The study found that homework has greatest value when it requires a social element. What do you think?

Study finds homework has limited value
By Rachel Carbonell
New research has found that homework is of little value to primary school children, and students are regularly given too much.

Australian academics Richard Walker and Mike Horsley's new book Reforming Homework says homework for young primary school children is of little or no value when it comes to academic achievement.
The book reviews international research on the subject and...
"Great teachers change lives"
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I came across the story below. Some might say it is a 'feel good' story, but others may disagree. What do you think? Can you think of a teacher who inspired you? Why did they inspire you? Perhaps your story may inspire other teachers...

"Great teachers change lives"
October 24, 2012 - 9:40AM
Tanya Plibersek
A couple of weeks ago, the Prime Minister launched a competition for people to tell the story of their favourite teacher.

My only problem was picking just one: I was a pretty odd and nerdy child, and the self esteem I got from the teachers who took an interest in me changed my life.

How children learn best
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The following program was broadcast on Radio National on Sunday, 14th October 2012.


Dr Judy Willis applies new knowledge in neuroscience to develop better learning strategies for children. She's found that using video games can be a powerful way to engage young people in effective and enjoyable learning, and mindfulness plays a part too. These techniques are also being employed in the Shaping Brains program in Queensland with some encouraging results.

Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/allinthemind/how-children-learn-best/4297754

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.