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What's Happening

New Minimum HSC Standards introduced

 

From 2020 students in NSW must reach the minimum standard of literacy and numeracy to be eligible for the HSC.

 

There will be multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate the standard between Year 9 and when they complete their HSC.

The minimum standard is part of a broader NSW Government strategy to support students to succeed in life and work. The minimum standard complements a new cross-sectoral, statewide strategy to boost literacy and numeracy.  Advanced students will also benefit from an increased focus on literacy and numeracy by developing more sophisticated skills... Read More

Channelling Outstanding Maths Teacher Mr Woo

One of the things we are enthusiastic about is recognition for outstanding teachers and Mr Eddie Woo from Cherrybrook  Technology High School in Sydney's North West came to our attention.  Do watch the inspiring, energetic, compassionate, outstanding maths teacher, Mr Woo on ABC's program Australian Story. Students who don't want to or don't understand maths soon change their minds when they either sit in on Mr Woo's classroom or see him on his hugely successful channel on YouTube as he teaches students from all over the country. Hats off to you Mr Woo! Watch the program here: Australian Story on ABC.

Local Bookshop Encourages Healthier Eating and Lifestyles in Local Schools

Dymocks in Lane Cove on Sydney's lower north shore and YummyTImes Group are working together to educate children to help them make good lifestyle choices and develop healthy eating habits.... Read More

Calculus-based Maths Syllabuses delayed until 2019

 

The NESA Board has decided to postpone implementation of the new HSC calculus-based maths syllabuses until 2019, to ensure they are of the highest quality, and schools have time to develop effective programs for teaching these courses.

 

This means the new HSC Maths Advanced, Extension 1 and Extension 2 syllabuses will be released later this year for Year 11 students to study from 2019. This will also mean that they will be first examined on a common scale in the 2020 HSC.

Talks to Inspire science projects with children

 

Eight  crafty TED talks will ignite passions, pique interests and introduce kids to the excitement of hands-on learning.

 

Arvind Gupta -Turning trash into toys for learning :

AnnMarie Thomas - Hands-on science with squishy circuits

Gever Tulley Life lessons through tinkering

Ayah Bdeir - Building blocks that blink, beep and teach

Catarina Mota - Play with smart materials

Thomas Thwaites -  How I built a toaster -- from scratch

Cesar Harada - How I teach kids to love science

Linda Liukas -  A delightful way to teach kids about computers

 

Click here to view

Guiding Children Through Difficult Times

We spoke with Liliane Grace, speaker, coach and author of The Mastery Club, about a recent survey showing that children in Australia are worrying about what is happening in the world with terrorist attacks and are concerned for their safety. Read Liliane Grace's article,  "Guiding Children Through Difficult TImes" to see what she recommends.

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” -

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Sydney Writers Festival For Students- 2017

 

The Sydney Writers’ Festival and BOSTES have again teamed up to present events for students in Years 9 to 12, following the success of the Best of the Fest program last year. The Student Sessions 2017 will feature dynamic thinkers speaking on a range of subjects linked to the NSW curriculum.

 

This year’s sessions feature internationally renowned Shakespeare expert James Shapiro; scientist, conservationist and former Australian of the Year Tim Flannery; and discussions on economics, cultural identity, and Ancient History.

The sessions will be held on:

Monday 22 May, 10am–2pm – Pier 2/3, Walsh Bay

Thursday 25 May, 10am–2pm – Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

 

For more information and to book go to the Sydney Writers Festival website

NEW: Apple Teacher Program

 

Apple has announced the Apple Teacher professional learning program is now available free of charge to Australian educators, following its successful 2016 launch in the US. Apple Teacher is designed to support and celebrate educators, offering free self-paced learning materials, tips, inspiration and news. Education leaders are offered free professional learning resources that help teachers make the most of Mac, iPad and built-in apps for their students in the classroom. After completing online quizzes, teachers receive an official Apple Teacher logo that they can share. Sign up to the Apple Teacher Program here.

HSC MUSIC STARS CELEBRATED

 

20 outstanding musicians and composers from 19 schools across NSW were celebrated in the 2016 HSC ENCORE concert at the Sydney Opera House.

 

NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Chair, Tom Alegounarias said performing arts are vital to education and critical to our cultural, economic and social future.“The arts are an investment in our ongoing quality of life,” Mr Alegounarias said.“This year ENCORE’s impressive program features performances of technically challenging vocal and instrumental pieces, along with original compositions and arrangements produced as part of the 2016 HSC,” Mr Alegounarias said.NESA CEO David de Carvalho said the ENCORE performers were chosen for their exemplary works from over 5000 who studied Music for their HSC last year.

 

“ENCORE showcases the depth of talent and high standard of achievement among 2016 HSC Music students and is testament to the dedication of HSC students and the teachers and families who support them”, Mr de Carvalho said.

2017 Sydney Science Festival

10−20 August 2017

 

There will be eleven huge days of hands-on workshops, exhibitions, talks by some of the world’s best researchers, family events and panel discussions involving experiment extraordinaires.

The full festival program will be released in late June.

Want to be part of the Sydney Science Festival program?

Be part of this year's program by submitting a proposal to have your event included in this year's Festival. If you are planning to produce an event, talk, workshop, tour or exhibition, we want to know about it. Last year the Festival featured more than 100 events across Sydney – from the CBD to Manly to Parramatta – and was attended by over 62,000 people.

It's free to submit an event proposal. All we ask, in the interest of great science engagement, is that your event meets a simple criteria around relevance, quality and feasibility. More details are available on the Sydney Science Festival website.

NSW School start transition to NAPLAN online

 

NSW schools will start their transition to NAPLAN Online later this year by participating in an online practice of the technology or a ‘readiness test’.

 

This readiness test will be held in August and September.

 

A final decision about when to transition to NAPLAN Online for NSW will be made after the August and September readiness test.

 

NSW may also review its transition timetable based on the experiences of the other states and territories as some of their schools will move to NAPLAN Online this year.

Do you know a great teacher?

For many years schooldaysmagazine has been acknowledging an applauding outstanding teachers, with a whole section dedicated to Awards & Recognition for Outstanding Teachers.

 

schooldaysmagazine's specialist writer on the topic of Awards and Recognition, Dr Hans  Andrews has written seven books on the topic.

 

Now Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank have launched teaching awards and we encourage you to nominate a teacher that has made a difference in your schools or to your child's education.

Great teachers can change everything. They help children reach their full potential. Schools Plus and the Commonwealth Bank have partnered to recognise and reward Australia’s most outstanding teachers and principals.

Great teachers and school leaders deserve recognition. Nominating someone is a great way to show your appreciation for their teaching achievements, but doesn’t oblige them to apply. To find out more and how to nominate click here for the website.

Make the 2017 school year on a positive note

 

Does your child have learning difficulties?

 

We have limited copies available of "Overcoming Learning Difficulties" by Anthony P Franklin, an Australian psychologist with more than 40 years as a teacher, lecturer in educational psychology and special eduction, market gardener and psychologist as well as learning experiences as a parent and grandparent.

 

  • Discover an integrated path, which brings information together from many disciples in one easy to understand framework and gets you off the not so pretty merry-go-round.

  • Develop a step by step approach starting from the basics and highlighting the "detective work" you can do to identify the real problem.

  • Create an easy to understand profile of what's contributing to behaviour and learning problems so you can clarify what is important and have a clearer direction for treatment

  • Learn what you can do yourself and when you need to refer on

  • Be surprised about how some learning difficulties can be addressed very quickly in just a few weeks.

 

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Online gaming can boost school scores

 

Teenagers who regularly play online video games tend to improve their school results, according to new research from RMIT University. School students who visit Facebook or chat sites every day are more likely to fall behind in maths, reading and science.

Associate Professor Alberto Posso, from RMIT’s School of Economics, Finance and Marketing, investigated the results of testing by the globally recognised Program for International Student Assessment (PISA). Posso said video games could help students to apply and sharpen skills learned at school. “Students who play online games almost every day score 15 points above the average in maths and 17 points above the average in science.“

When you play online games you’re solving puzzles to move to the next level and that involves using some of the general knowledge and skills in maths, reading and science that you’ve been taught during the day,” he said. “Teachers should consider incorporating popular video games into teaching – so long as they’re not violent ones.”

Posso said it was important to recognise that other factors could have a major impact on teenagers’ progress.  Indigenous students or those from minority ethnic or linguistic groups were also at greater risk of falling behind than those using Facebook or chat every day.

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What makes a Good Teacher Great?

 

At the recent BOSTES ceremony celebrating NSW top teachers, they asked Highly Accomplished and Lead Teachers “What makes a good teacher great?” This is what they say.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1790 – an Australian history play, available for school productions

 

“1790” is a play exploring the unique and extraordinary relationship between the first Governor of NSW, Arthur Phillip, and Bennelong of the Eora people. With a cast of 15-35, it is a fantastic script to work on for a school production.

 

 

Despite being on the potentially dull and dry topic of Australian history, “1790” is fast-paced, dynamic and surprisingly funny. It provides plenty of opportunities for acting, stage crew, costume design and technical roles. It was co-written in 2014 by historian Robert Thomson and Pete Malicki.

 

The play can be read on www.petemalicki.com. If you’d like to know more, or to discuss rights, please contact Pete on petemalicki@gmail.com or phone 02 9419 3501.

New Australian maths resource released

ACARA

 

Teachers who want support to implement the proficiencies in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics have some additional guidance with the release by ACARA of a new mathematics resource.

 

The four proficiency areas students are expected to develop in the Australian Curriculum: Mathematics – understanding, fluency, problem-solving and reasoning – are explored in this new resource.

 

The resource provides illustrations of practice and student work samples, gathered from a number of primary and secondary schools from different sectors across Australia; it has been designed to assist teachers to incorporate the proficiencies into teaching practice... Read More  on the Australian Curriculum website

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Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Welcome to schooldaysmagazine, published since 2000 for parents and teachers. It's filled with useful, helpful and positive information covering all years of school education (K-Year 12) with articles covering a wide range of education topics, written by specialists in their fields. If you have just discovered it, do yourself a favour and subscribe to find out the latest in positive school education, new books and more.

Publishing positive education information for parents and teachers since 2000

Welcome to schooldaysmagazine, published since 2000 for parents and teachers. It's filled with useful, helpful and positive information covering all years of school education (K-Year 12) with articles covering a wide range of education topics, written by specialists in their fields. If you have just discovered it, do yourself a favour and subscribe to find out the latest in positive school education, new books and more.