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 in the task. The performance descriptors that I’ve used this year are a standardised set of words approved by my school.

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Teaching Energy and Circuits


Want to know how much knowledge you have on a topic? Try teaching it!

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Teaching Biology using Student-directed Portfolios


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 Years 7-10.

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5 tips for your teaching internship


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 position at the public high school where I did my second prac.

Here are my tips for getting the most out of your time on prac.

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redesign your bedroom project


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 to engage in this unit. The unit of work had four components: 3x Floor Plans, Sample Board, Cushion Design and Model. (As the cushion sewing component of the unit of work was completed by another teacher, I will not be discussing it).

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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 society influences the focus of scientific research.

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3 Distance Speed Time experiments


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 to use mathematics, the universal language of the universe, to communicate our observations and ideas in the classroom.

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Electrolysis of Water EXPERIMENT


The students love this one! It is classic chemistry experiment that is an easy crowd pleaser.

First, students are introduced to the concept of decomposition, i.e. AB â†’  A + B. Electrolysis of water is a satisfying experiment because it visually demonstrates the chemical components of water.

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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 found his course, Differential Equations and Biomaths, invigorating and captivating.

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Effective Science Education involves Addressing Misconceptions


Engagement is one of the key indicators for any educator that effective learning is taking place. But how do we engage our students in learning and how do we know that they are actually learning?

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