The one major thing that removes the joy from teaching is, without a doubt, dealing with badly behaved students.
Pressure on vulnerable children to navigate tricky technological waters has generated intense debate; some parents vehemently oppose all screen-time; others endorse screen-time to prepare children for a technological future. IPads and tablets in the classroom, teaching coding to primary children; these practices highlight implicit tension between encouraging technology for learning (and tech-based jobs of the future) and awareness of too much screen-time.
Education Queensland’s decision to cut home economics from the high school curriculum fails in the government’s duty to halt rising obesity in teenagers and promote healthy lifestyles.
The fidget spinner craze has died down which makes it an excellent time to take a step back and assess the place of fidget toys in your classroom. At the height of the craze, many teachers banned the spinners, and we can all admit they could be distracting, but for some students, there are genuine advantages to using a fidget in class.
It’s the winter holidays, and we all want to be snuggled inside where it’s nice and warm. Even the kids can only run around outside in the cold for so long, but staying indoors for too long makes them a bit stir crazy. Here are some fun winter-themed craft activities to keep their little hands and minds busy.
Physical activity should be an essential part of everyday life for all of us. Unfortunately, it often falls by the wayside in favour of work and family commitments. Activity is even more critical for children, and they are not always getting enough. They are often naturally full of energy, but they end up restricted to a classroom for extended periods. It’s hard to engage kids in learning when they are staring out the window and counting down the minutes to freedom.