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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.

Book review: Indigenous knowledges
Book review: Indigenous knowledges

Nilesh Banerjee, a casual relief teacher and a volunteer at Prescott College in Prospect, South Australia, has penned a review of Indigenous knowledges: Proceedings of the Water Sustainability and Wild Fire Mitigation symposia, 2012 and 2013. Here he also shares how it’s impacted his work with students and motivated him to give back to his community.

Rebuilding student resilience through peer support programs
Rebuilding student resilience through peer support programs

‘While we found that a lot of elements in our lives can be replaced by an online substitute, after a year of lockdowns we still have not been able to replicate the “human” element. The lack of peer-to-peer interaction was perhaps felt most by children.’ Professor John Toumbourou discusses the role of peer support programs in rebuilding student resilience.

The Research Files Episode 66: Casual relief teacher experiences and supports
The Research Files Episode 66: Casual relief teacher experiences and supports

Casual relief teachers (CRTs) are an integral part of the teacher workforce, but many often report feeling a lack of support and exclusion at schools they’re working in. Recent research has uncovered the common challenges faced by CRTs, and how school leaders can mitigate these concerns. Find out more in this podcast episode.

School Improvement Episode 31: Improving confidence in music teaching
School Improvement Episode 31: Improving confidence in music teaching

As a primary school teacher, how confident would you say you are at teaching music? What areas of music do you feel you need the most support in? A pilot professional development program has improved the confidence of general primary school educators in music teaching. In this podcast we speak with the research team to find out more.

Learning spaces: Learning and play in the early years
Learning spaces: Learning and play in the early years

The architecture and landscape design of the Mary Rice Early Learning Centre in Brisbane provides opportunities for children to experiment, discover, create and explore. In today’s article we speak to an educator and the architects who worked on the project to hear more about how the design of the centre facilitates learning and play.

The impact of loneliness
The impact of loneliness

Most Australians will experience loneliness at some point in their lives. Dr Michelle Lim from Swinburne University shares her research into the prevalence of loneliness in society, the impact it has on our health, and the importance of building and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Teacher’s bookshelf: In Teachers We Trust
Teacher’s bookshelf: In Teachers We Trust

In their new book In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish Way to World-Class Schools, Pasi Sahlberg and Timothy D Walker suggest seven key principles for building a culture of trust in schools. This exclusive extract discussing the ‘three levels of trust’ is taken from a chapter on cultivating responsible learners.

Infographic: Teachers who work second jobs
Infographic: Teachers who work second jobs

A new paper explores US data on public school teachers working a second job, outside the education system. What proportion of full-time teachers worked a second job? What type of jobs did they take? And, what were their average earnings? Find out in this infographic.

Infographic: Effectiveness of remote learning during COVID
Infographic: Effectiveness of remote learning during COVID

McKinsey surveyed teachers around the world for their views on the effectiveness of remote learning during the COVID-19 school closures. Teachers were asked to reflect on their experiences in the first few months of the pandemic, scoring the effectiveness on a scale of one to 10. Find out the results in today’s infographic.