7 Habits of Highly Effective People

I started reading this book towards the end of my university degree when I felt like a complete baby-adult. At this time, I had little experience in navigating the professional world and I was feeling quite helpless. The walls of formal education were crumbling around me and I was looking for a means of building […]

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Real Talk: Preparing for ‘Prac’

When I was a pre-service teacher, I was sent to a range of schools including a public and private high school for my practicums (In Sydney, we call them ‘pracs’), and a college which operated alongside TAFE NSW for my internship. In my first year out, I was fortunate to have landed a full-time temporary […]

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Year 7 Technology: Re-design Your Bedroom

I am convinced more than ever that inquiry and project based learning is aligned with the direction of future-focused education. Projects, big or small, encourage students to seek solutions to real problems. Having taken the top and bottom academically streamed classes through a design project, I am satisfied that with differentiation all students are able […]

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Service Learning: Geode Bath Bombs

Last Friday, our Year 9 girls participated in a grade wide service learning day where they design posters, create games or interactive activities or a saleable item to raise money and create awareness about this disease in the school community. As part of the NSW syllabus (Stage 5 Living World), students are to recognise how […]

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Experiments: Distance Speed Time

Motion- the first bridge between mathematics and physics. My Year 10 classes and I finished Term 1 off by beginning our exploration into the physical phenomena of motion. In a school with a high English as An Additional Language or Dialect (EAL/D) student population such as ours, I find it extremely satisfying to be able […]

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Teachers We Don’t Forget

Recently, a peer posted on a private alumni Facebook group about the passing of a lecturer we had during university. When asked about this lecturer, I can confidently say that my peers and I would describe him as an absolutely fantastic teacher who was caring and inspiring. As a Mathematics major and Biology minor, I […]

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Establishing Classroom Routines

According to an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, up to 50% of all Aussie teachers leave the profession within their first five years of teaching. Early career teacher attrition rates are an ongoing issue and some reasons for premature leaving, as stated in a document by the Australian Institute for Teaching and School Leadership […]

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