Long reads

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Welcome back, Teacher!
Welcome back, Teacher!

The research tells us that one of the most significant influencers of student learning outcomes is the quality of teaching. Which, of course, raises the critical question: what is good quality teaching? 

Real-world and active – the benefits of problem-based learning
Real-world and active – the benefits of problem-based learning

If you want your students to evaluate, generalise, hypothesise, synthesise and analyse information rather than simply recall it, you might be ready for problem-based learning.

Attendance: It's a big deal
Attendance: It's a big deal

Principal Mike O'Connor makes attendance data a 'big deal' at Brisbane's Browns Plains State High School and is only too happy to shine a spotlight on student absence.

Thinking about thinking
Thinking about thinking

Giving students time to think, and changing the way you respond to their thoughts, allows you to withhold judgement, as Stephen Keast and Rebecca Cooper explain.

Music and the Habits of the Mind
Music and the Habits of the Mind

Michelle Waller looks at the relationship between a consistent involvement in music and the development of the Habits of Mind identified by Art Costa and Bena Kallick.

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.

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.

Brainy teaching: Educational neuroscience and classroom practice
Brainy teaching: Educational neuroscience and classroom practice

The more you know about how the brain works, the better will be your teaching, says David Sousa.

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.