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Teacher wellbeing: Getting the most out of Employee Assistance Programs
Teacher wellbeing: Getting the most out of Employee Assistance Programs

In this Q&A, Margaret Horton, Senior Vice Principal at Methodist Ladies College, shares how the school has developed a culture of wellbeing which has raised EAP utilisation rates well above the industry standard.

Student engagement and confidence in reading: PIRLS recap
Student engagement and confidence in reading: PIRLS recap

'The importance of establishing strong positive attitudes towards learning – particularly towards reading, which underlies so much of students’ learning – is critical, particularly in view of the past two years.' Ahead of the December release of PIRLS 2021 results, Dr Sue Thomson recaps what 2016 data show about students in Australia.

Building student confidence in public speaking
Building student confidence in public speaking

Public speaking is a daunting prospect for many students. Loreto Normanhurst in New South Wales has developed a Year 9 unit which supports students to research and confidently deliver a speech on a topic they are passionate about.

Being taught by the same teacher twice – the impact on achievement and behaviour
Being taught by the same teacher twice – the impact on achievement and behaviour

Research analysing data on 1.3 million students and 50,000 teachers in the United States has demonstrated a positive impact on student academic achievement and behavioural outcomes when they are taught by the same teacher twice. Dr Leigh Wedenoja shares more details with Teacher in this article.

I spy playful STEM learning at school
I spy playful STEM learning at school

‘One class was a notable illustration of everything we know about quality in play-based learning.’ In this article, ACER Senior Research Fellow Rachel Parker shares the details of a playful STEM class she witnessed in the United States, where students were engaged in a crime scene investigation activity.

Diversifying options for physical activity at school
Diversifying options for physical activity at school

Participation in physical activity is important for all students. However, traditional team sports at school aren’t for everyone. In this article, we speak to teacher Travis McKenzie, who has offered students the opportunity find their passion in physical activity through his program, Swords Club.

Supporting students through prolonged absences due to serious illness
Supporting students through prolonged absences due to serious illness

When students experience prolonged absences from school due to serious illness, it can bring up unique emotional, social and educational challenges for the student, their teacher and classmates. In this article, Year 5 teacher at Waverly College, Jennifer Hoare, shares some strategies the school uses to support students experiencing illness.

Considerations for teachers when using video in the classroom
Considerations for teachers when using video in the classroom

‘Changing video consumption patterns in education have inspired a growing body of research focused on measuring video’s effectiveness as a learning aid’. In our latest reader submission, Tara Walsh shares some findings from her recent literature review into the use of instructional video in K-12 education.

Q&A: Asking ‘are you okay?’
Q&A: Asking ‘are you okay?’

While teaching is a highly rewarding career, it can also be very stressful. In this Q&A, Claire Goodall, Young People and Education Manager at R U OK? shares how schools can build a positive help seeking culture, how staff can support their colleagues, and how to ask for help if you need it, in the lead up to R U OK?Day this week.

The elements of a successful school silent reading program
The elements of a successful school silent reading program

Last year, we heard about an action research project which was occurring at Queenwood School for Girls in Sydney to build a culture of reading for pleasure across the school. The research project has concluded, and in this article, we get an update on the project’s impact on student outcomes and wellbeing.