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 AM (ABC) 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 concludes that the quality of the homework that is set is more important than the quantity.
Associate Professor Walker, of the University of Sydney, admits that homework can be a touchy subject. "There's a lot of disagreement, I have to say. But the consensus findings would essentially be homework's not very beneficial for primary school kids, very limited benefits for junior high school kids, and reasonable benefits for senior high school kids," he...
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.
One of the things that all of my favourite teachers had in common was that they had high expectations of their students, and they well and truly went beyond the call of duty.
They were at their desks before school, after school, during holidays – for no other reason than a deep love of their job. They took on professional development opportunities that helped their students – like doing HSC marking or...
The following program was broadcast on Radio National on Sunday, 14th October 2012.
HOW CHILDREN LEARN BEST
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.
Log in, tune out: Is technology driving us crazy? October 14, 2012 Jill Stark
Could being plugged in to social media be rewiring kids' brains?
THERE IS no down time for the digital native. Meals are photographed and shared online before the first bite is taken. A lull in conversation or a pause at the traffic lights are opportunities to check texts and emails. At home, with one eye on the TV, the other scanning Facebook, Twitter and Google, life in the clickstream is frenetic.
But some experts are starting to worry that the digital revolution transforming the way we live is also making us ill. For the ''always on'' generation, this constant overload of information could be triggering mental health problems. More worrying, they say, is emerging evidence that it may be causing structural changes in the brain.
Limit children's screen time, expert urges By Hannah Richardson BBC News education and family reporter
The amount of time children spend in front of screens should be curbed to stave off development and health problems, an expert says.
Psychologist Dr Aric Sigman says children of all ages are watching more screen media than ever, and starting earlier.
The average 10-year-old has access to five different screens at home, he says.
And some are becoming addicted to them or depressed as a result, he warns.
Writing in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, Dr Sigman says a child born today will have spent a full year glued to screens by the time they reach the age of seven.
He adds: "In addition to the main family television, for example, many very young children have their own bedroom TV along with portable hand-held computer game consoles (eg, Nintendo, Playstation, Xbox), smartphone with games, internet and video, a family computer and a laptop and/or a tablet computer (eg iPad).
There’s a whole new classroom model and it’s a sight to behold. The newest school system in Sweden look more like the hallways of Google or Pixar and less like a brick-and-mortar school you’d typically see.
There are collaboration zones, houses-within-houses, and a slew of other features that are designed to foster “curiosity and creativity.” That’s according to Vittra, which runs 30 schools in Sweden. Their most recent school, Telefonplan School (see photos below via Zilla Magazine) in Stockholm, could very well be the school of the future.
Educators warn chaos looms with high school curriculum shake-up By Tanya Chilcott October 08, 2012 QUEENSLAND Year 11 and 12 classes face a major shake-up under national curriculum proposals, which the State Government warns will limit teachers and have a negative impact on schools.
A report, jointly written by state education authorities, also warns some subjects could not be taught in senior composite classes.
While Queensland has been one of the leading states and territories to implement the Australian Curriculum in Prep to Year 10, education authorities warn the draft senior secondary curriculum poses "significant issues" for the state. A Queensland Studies Authority spokesman said the draft "would require substantial work to enable implementation".
Finnish education guru Pasi Sahlberg: treat primary school teachers like doctors
The Finnish education system is one of the best performing and most equitable in the OECD.
With Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s promise to make Australia one of the best five performing countries for education in the world, what can we learn from the Scandinavians?
One answer might be more simple than we think: elevate teachers to the same social and professional status we hold doctors and other people with whom we trust with vital aspects of our health and well-being.