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Australian 10-13 year olds doing more homework
According to the latest survey, Young Australians, by Roy Morgan, 10-13 now spend an average four hours a week doing homework – 40 minutes more than in 2007. The more studious include those in high-income homes, students without any distracting siblings, girls, and those with an Asian background. Australia’s 10-13 year olds with Asian backgrounds spend a little over six hours on homework a week—around two hours more than average.
Homework time decreases by about 30 minutes for each sibling aged 6-13 in the home while tweens without any siblings spend an average 4 hours 25 minutes doing homework during the week; those with one sibling, about 3 hours 55 minutes. The more siblings there are reduces the amount of time spent on homework. This age group with three or more siblings average just three hours of homework a week.
The higher the household income, the more time is spent on homework. Tweens in top-earning homes with an annual gross income over $200,000 spend an average 4 hours and 35 minutes per week doing homework—over an hour more than those in low income homes.
Michele Levine, CEO, Roy Morgan Research, says “The amount of time Aussie 10-13 year-olds spend doing homework each week has been creeping higher over the past eight years. Homework now takes up an average four hours a week, around 40 minutes more than in 2007.
“Gender, ethnic background, household size and household wealth all affect how much time tweens spend doing homework. Other factors, which often relate to household income, include geography and whether both parents work full-time.
Stephen Thomson, MACE- review in Professional Educator, Australian College of Educators
"The debate author Dr Hans Andrews puts forward is perennially valid and highly relevant in the current Australian education landscape. A school’s employees, in this case its teachers, need to feel appreciated and important to the school” -
Want to be a school leader?
Should you apply to a struggling school? How can you get strong experience? What courses or training sessions are useful for aspiring leaders? How can a junior teacher get involved with whole school activities? Should aspiring leaders only apply to ‘good’ schools? How can teachers build their awareness of special educational needs for more senior roles?
These questions and more answered in :The Guardian
Trial Quiet Hour Shopping for Autistic Shoppers in the UK
An Asda superstore staged a "quiet hour" to help autistic and disabled shoppers over the weekend.
Escalators, in-store music and display TVs were all turned off and customers were given a map of the store featuring pictures instead of words.
Simon Lea, manager of the Asda Living store at Manchester Fort, told the paper he came up with the idea to help people who felt intimidated or stressed by noise and disturbance. Now, eight other shops .... Read More in The Independent
WriteOn 2016 - The BOSTES writing competition
WriteOn is an annual writing competition open to all primary students in Years 1 to 6. Using a photograph as a stimulus, students are asked to compose an imaginative piece of writing up to 500 words in length.
WriteOn provides primary students with the opportunity to become published authors. Outstanding entries from last year's WriteOn competition have been published in the Best of WriteOn 2015 anthology. This year the competition is being held in association with the State Library of NSW. The presentation of certificates will be held at the State Library of NSW on 21 September 2016.
To enter the competition first read the guidelines: writeon.bostes.nsw.edu.au
How one woman overcame the death
of her husband from cancer. This is the story of her epic 306km walk across England on her own. It will have you laughing out loud, then crying as she describes the walk that has changed her life.
Includes many photographs of spectacular English scenery along the walk.
A book for walkers and people who have lost a loved one.
Primary & secondary students to win a chance to meet Prof Brian Cox on his August 2016 Australian tour
Six lucky school children will have the opportunity to meet world-renowned science presenter and former rock musician, Professor Brian Cox during his August 2016 Australian tour, Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space.
To enter, students need to record a video of themselves asking Professor Cox their burning science question and send it to Australia’s Science Channel. The winning entries will be shown during the Professor Brian Cox: A Journey into Deep Space events and Professor Cox will answer the questions live on stage.
The winning students will receive:
New Exciting Literacy Programs for schools
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has developed a program for Australian authors to promote Australian literature in schools, through it's Reading Australia BookPros (RA BookPros).
It provides an opportunity for authors to conduct writing workshops in the classroom and to introduce teachers to a new, free teaching resource: Reading Australia.
Students will benefit from access to a professional author and workshops are aimed at developing thinking, literacy and writing skills of students and at boosting enthusiasm for writing. ASA’s authors can help students plan their writing, dive into the action, build characters we care about, set pace, structure their writing and edit their writing. Authors can offer guidance on narrative writing (fiction and non-fiction), poetry, drama, illustration, graphic stories and more.
How it Works
Book an author to conduct a one-off workshop or to visit your school over a series of weeks. Authors are available for all primary and secondary age groups. Authors are able to tailor the workshops to the needs of students, the school and the curriculum, in consultation with the classroom teacher. For teachers, the workshops are an opportunity for professional development through in-class modelling and the exchange of ideas. Visit the ASA website for more information or use the booking form
The most important thing to remember is, that not everyone is built of the same stuff when it comes to being able to create the necessary internal psychological structures – or mental 'grit' - to support themselves in times...
Discussing career options and gap years, travel with your teen
Leaving secondary school and stepping into the adult world can be a confusing time for any teenager, but with some careful planning and research the transition is bound to be a lot easier...
Inspiring Ideas for Fundraising
Give Your Child the Winning Edge
Recognition vs Merit Pay for Outstanding Teachers
Imagine the power of memory capacity and skill when shown how to improve memory through practice. Did you know that working memory is one of the elements underlying intelligence? ...
The majority of recognition programs existing only make one award a year no how many teachers there are in a K-12 school or college. Meet award winning teachers who share what a difference ...
Volunteers in schools
How to Run A Computer Club
Travelling with Children, the whole family will enjoy
School Lunch Box Ideas
& After School Snacks
Have you ever considered running a computer club to contribute to the school community? Unless you have technical knowledge and skills for working with computers you are probably thinking you don’t have the credentials. I thought that too, until I actually jumped in front of 30 kids...
Articles for travelling as a family, ideas, hints, tips to get the most out of yur family's travel and holidays.
Tasty school lunch box and after school lunch ideas, plus easy-to-make quick meals for the whole family without additives or preservatives ...
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