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.┬áThe 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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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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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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