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Equality, equity and the school curriculum
Equality, equity and the school curriculum

‘Every student should be on the same (inclusive) path of learning, [and] every student should make excellent ongoing progress and eventually achieve the same high standards,’ Professor Geoff Masters AO writes in his latest Teacher column, adding that the challenge is in creating the conditions to enable this to happen.

Expert Q&A: A gluten-free diet
Expert Q&A: A gluten-free diet

There has been a growing trend of people following a gluten-free diet for its supposed ‘health’ benefits. But, what is gluten? How does it affect our bodies? And, does restricting gluten from your diet make you healthier? In today’s Q&A, we speak to Sophie Mahoney and Dr Heidi Staudacher from Deakin University’s Food & Mood Centre to find out more.

My journey to perfecting sourdough bread
My journey to perfecting sourdough bread

‘Rather than dwelling on the daily COVID case numbers, I was consumed with producing the perfect loaf.’ Victorian teacher Sylvia Wood from Scoresby Secondary College shares her journey to perfecting sourdough bread, and explains why it proved to be a great stress reliever during a difficult period of lockdowns.

Research to practice – developing a Learner’s Toolkit
Research to practice – developing a Learner’s Toolkit

‘Learning is complex – students need explicit and implicit knowledge, skills, and dispositions to succeed across the diverse and often crowded curriculum. But do our students actually know which learning strategies are the most effective?’ Today’s article shares details of the Learning to Learn program and Learner’s Toolkit at Goulburn Valley Grammar School.

Teacher survey: Reading, wellbeing and supporting students
Teacher survey: Reading, wellbeing and supporting students

Our annual reader survey has just closed for another year. In this article, we share some of the topics you’d like to see us cover in the future, the advice you’d share with your fellow educators, and, of course, the winner of the prize for completing the survey.

Two Australians in the running for Global Teacher Prize 2021
Two Australians in the running for Global Teacher Prize 2021

Two Australian educators have been named in the top 50 finalists for the 2021 Global Teacher Prize. Deputy Principal of Bonnyrigg Public School in New South Wales, Rebecca West, and English and History teacher from Brunswick Secondary College in Victoria, Steven Kolber are in the running to win the US$1 million prize.

Infographic: Psychological distress among young people
Infographic: Psychological distress among young people

A new Mission Australia and Black Dog Institute report has analysed Mission Australia Youth Survey findings from 2012-20 to better understand psychological distress faced by 15- to 19-year-olds in Australia. Data show there has been a significant increase in the proportion of young people experiencing mental health challenges. Find out more in today’s infographic.

Supporting critical numeracy and maths skills in teaching and learning
Supporting critical numeracy and maths skills in teaching and learning

In today’s article, Dave Tout, Justine Sakurai and Carly Sawatzki discuss numeracy and its relationship with mathematics, and the importance of real-world contexts. They’ll also share a problem-solving cycle to help students develop their skills, and a classroom example of health numeracy, using trampolining as a focus for mathematical investigation.

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.

Researching education: Five further readings on computational thinking
Researching education: Five further readings on computational thinking

What are the key characteristics and concepts of computational thinking? And, how can a student’s performance of computational thinking be assessed? In this edition of Researching education: Five further readings, we are sharing a range of resources which seek to answer these questions and more.