Teaching kids about $$$

Last year, myself and two colleagues conducted empathy interviews with high school students. The aim of the interviews was to gain a better understanding of what was important to our students. The interviews were conducted as part of a UTS workshop about implementing project based learning at school. Empathy is about truly understanding the positions […]

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Rewards and Consequences

As teachers, our job is to motivate and inspire teenagers who are experiencing their own physical, emotional and social challenges. In my experience, I have learnt that classroom management needs to be effective before learning can take place. The disciplinary nature of the job was surprising at first… and then draining… and finally enlightening as time […]

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Report writing tip to improve productivity

Writing student comments for reports can be time consuming and repetitive. I’ve introduced a formula in Microsoft Excel to speed this process up for myself. The idea is to use student data from the relevant assessment tasks to produce a glossary of words or performance descriptors that can be used to describe that student’s performance […]

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Energy and Circuits

Want to know how much knowledge you have on a topic? Try teaching it! What is energy? The concept of energy is quite tricky. In Year 8, we teach students that energy is the ability to do work. What is ‘work’ then? In physics, work is defined as the displacement of an object due to […]

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I programmed a calculator using Angular!

Recently, I completed a small coding project to create a calculator in Angular. I created two versions of the calculator using different logic and styling. They both have their perks and flaws.   Source Code My code is available on GitHub! 🙂 https://github.com/nicole-cai/calculators   Skills HTML CSS Typescript Angular 2.0   Code Editor Visual Studio […]

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Elon Musk

My partner bought this book at a shelf in Dubai and I happily took it and read it first. I’m so glad that I did. This book is a biography by Ashlee Vance and since reading it, I’ve come to understand just a small fraction of what Musk’s life is about and now I cannot […]

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Student-directed Portfolios: Year 10 Biology

I’ve had an overwhelming positive response from my students towards student-directed portfolios. The portfolios provide students with choice, differentiated worksheets and allow students to work at their own pace. A star system is used where students need to obtain at least 15 stars to complete their portfolio. Our faculty is currently implementing student-directed portfolios for […]

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