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Preschool parents’ confidence in fostering reading and maths skills
Preschool parents’ confidence in fostering reading and maths skills

Effective teacher-parent relationships and parent engagement in their child’s learning improves student outcomes. Researchers in the United States have surveyed parents and carers of preschoolers about their role in their child’s learning, and the support they’d like from teachers.

Parent views on international school partnerships
Parent views on international school partnerships

Researchers have been exploring parent perspectives on international school partnerships involving students, teachers and families in Indonesia and Australia to help identify the strengths and weaknesses of programs.

How teachers are depicted in picture books
How teachers are depicted in picture books

Families will often engage in the shared reading of picture books about starting Kindergarten to help children with their transition. But, how are Kindergarten teachers demographically represented in the books that children read during this time? And importantly, who is missing from these representations?

Reviewing playground use, learning and agency
Reviewing playground use, learning and agency

When you think about student agency, do you picture classroom tasks and surroundings? What about ‘free play’ areas, such as the playground or oval? Here, Rachael Jamieson-Newton and Benjamin Newton share details of a review into primary students’ play at St Paul's Grammar in Sydney, New South Wales.

Working to break down education barriers across the world
Working to break down education barriers across the world

The 12 finalists for the annual WISE Awards have been announced, with organisations across the world being recognised for tackling a pressing education need in their communities in innovative ways. Here, we share some of the finalists working to meet the needs of students in K-12.

Moving beyond gender stereotypes in early years play
Moving beyond gender stereotypes in early years play

Researchers have used an Indonesian folktale setting to explore how young children take up and experience different gender roles during early years play, and how teachers can support their learning and development by moving beyond traditional gender stereotypes.

The case for professional kindness in teaching
The case for professional kindness in teaching

‘A teacher can be effective, efficient, inclusive, and strategic. Still, unless they are professionally kind along with these things, the learners suffer.’ In today’s reader submission, Professor Nan Bahr argues kindness is an essential general trait for all people, but it is also applied expertise for the teacher and should be a professional standard.

Teacher’s bookshelf: Thrive – A new ‘Phys Ed’?
Teacher’s bookshelf: Thrive – A new ‘Phys Ed’?

In the latest instalment of Teacher’s bookshelf, we share an exclusive extract from Thrive: the purpose of schools in a changing world, by Valerie Hannon and Amelia Peterson. In this 2nd Edition the authors advocate a new purpose for education and explore what thriving might look like in an age of disruption.

Displaying artwork on school grounds
Displaying artwork on school grounds

Russell Value Public School recently commissioned a local artist to revamp buildings in the school grounds. Here, Principal Paul Cuthbertson shares why the school decided to commission the work, and why it was important to depict local wildlife.

Providing the best environment for children to learn
Providing the best environment for children to learn

A large-scale assessment of Grade 5 students in six Southeast Asian countries has highlighted some of the home and school factors that have a positive impact on reading, writing and mathematics achievement.