GET SET FOR THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR

Teaching students and communicating with their parents across a variety of school settings has provided me with the opportunity to closely observe the habits of successful students* and their families. PARENTS ARE THEIR CHILD’S FIRST TEACHERS As parents, we understand that children learn at different rates and have individual learning styles, however there are routines…

IS YOUR CHILD UNDERPERFORMING IN ENGLISH AT SCHOOL?

It is essential for Australian students to be skilled in English for them to succeed at school. Learning the skills of English, including reading, writing, grammar and spelling, is a developmental process, and each student learns these skills at their own pace. Even though students progress at different rates, they are expected to demonstrate pre-determined…

WHAT DOES BRAIN COMPATIBLE TEACHING ACTUALLY MEAN? (PART 2)

Brain compatible teaching can be defined as using teaching methods, planning lessons and classroom experiences, and implementing whole school programs that are based on the latest scientific research about how the brain learns most effectively and efficiently. There are 12 principles that many educators and schools reference when striving to create brain compatible lessons and…

NAPLAN 2019 – A snapshot

In just over one month, millions of students throughout Australia will be completing the 2019 National Assessment Program-Literacy and Numeracy, assessments that are more commonly referred to as NAPLAN. Since its inception in 2008, NAPLAN, directed by the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has tested Australian year 3, year 5, year 7, and…

THE ADOLESCENT BRAIN

The understanding that adolescence is a time of profound brain growth and change is contrary to long-held ideas that the brain was mostly fully “formed” by the end of childhood.  BRAIN CHANGES THAT OCCUR DURING ADOLESCENTS Between childhood and adulthood the brain’s “wiring diagram” becomes more complex and more efficient, especially in the brain’s prefrontal…

OPTIMISE LEARNING’S Mission STEAM™

STEAM education refers collectively to the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics disciplines. Engaging with tasks that incorporate the STEAM disciplines, promotes the development of a range of 21st century skills including problem-solving, critical analysis and creative thinking. Optimise Learning’s Mission STEAM™ tasks involve students taking a problem-based or inquiry approach, to design…