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Plan to be positive
Plan to be positive

The positive or negative things we say and do as teachers in the classroom have a great influence on student learning – which is a good reason, says Rob McEwan, to plan for positive attitudes.

Communicate – maintaining a positive school reputation
Communicate – maintaining a positive school reputation

In this competitive world, it’s vital that you establish and maintain a positive reputation for your school with careful communications planning. Sam Elam and Katrina Byers explain how.

One step backward, two steps forward
One step backward, two steps forward

By stepping back and letting your students have some control of their learning, you can step forward in your own practice, as Stephen Keast and Rebecca Cooper explain.

Mobile learning
Mobile learning

Most secondary school students have a mobile phone, and most mobile phones have a camera, MP3 player, video camera and a stopwatch. Jarrod Robinson explains why schools should stop confiscating these amazing pieces of technology, and how phones can be used to engage students in learning.

Linking content to students' interests
Linking content to students' interests

Students of all ages are encouraged to learn by the same favourable classroom conditions, as Stephen Keast and Rebecca Cooper explain.

How schools can prepare to respond to a crisis
How schools can prepare to respond to a crisis

A school can live or die on the strength of its response to a crisis, so it pays to be prepared, as Katrina Byers explains.

Back to school – for teachers
Back to school – for teachers

Postgraduate study is a great way for teachers to develop new skills to improve their classroom practice and further their careers. Rebecca Leech spoke with educators who have returned to study.

Teaching, and really teaching
Teaching, and really teaching

Here’s a simple question: what should we be teaching our students in science classrooms that will be of most use them? The answer, as Stephen Keast and Rebecca Cooper explain, is to teach them to think for themselves, but that’s not as easy as it sounds.

Can happiness be taught?
Can happiness be taught?

School leader Trevor Lee discusses the benefits of a student wellbeing curriculum.