DEMYSTIFYING NAPLAN

With the school year back in full swing, students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9 across Australia are preparing themselves for the National Assessment Program-Literacy And Numeracy, more commonly known as NAPLAN. Testing dates for 2016 are scheduled from the 10th to the 12th of May. NAPLAN tests assess each student’s understandings of language…

MUSIC ENABLES RICHER LEARNING

‘Teachers who use music appropriately have a tremendous advantage; it’s like having a second teacher in the room’.  Jensen, 2008 Recent research suggests that music may be a powerful tool in building reasoning power, memory and intelligence. The brain responds differently depending whether you are learning music by listening to it, playing it, reading it,…

A NEW TERM…..A NEW START…..

Across the country this week students are preparing for Term Four. In Queensland, Victoria and Northern Territory they are returning to the classrooms, while in New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania they’re enjoying the first week of school holidays, and discovering new ways to engage with everything they have learned since the…

WELCOME TO EDCHAT

How are you feeling? As a teacher of many years experience (pass me the air brush please!), I am constantly reminded of the challenges faced by teachers as they strive to provide each of their students with the optimal environment and the most effective experiences to advance their learning. Research consistently shows that in a…