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So you want to be creative?
So you want to be creative?

A creative person will possess skills such as critical thinking and divergent thinking, will be able to imagine at higher levels than those around them. Veronica Harris explains how you can plan for and assess creativity in your classroom.

It's all about teacher quality
It's all about teacher quality

It's an ongoing investment in staff that's driving improvement at Melbourne's Dandenong North Primary School.

School evolution: A common global phenomenon
School evolution: A common global phenomenon

Mal Lee presents the first of six articles exploring the evolution that occurs when schools leave their traditional ‘paper’ operational base and move to one that is digital.

The great outdoors
The great outdoors

Outdoor education encourages students to connect with nature, with Indigenous culture, and with themselves and each other, writes Tony Hewison.

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.