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Apprenticeships & Trades – a Good Way, and Maybe Best for Many

Posted by Gordon Doyle on November 27, 2017 at 2:19 PM

Gordon Doyle

In recent years, there has been an obsession on the part of many in schools, in government and in the media to push young people off to university. Doing this is self serving, rather than serving the interests of the many who would be better, and more happily placed doing other things.  More practical things.  Like an apprenticeship.

University? Or a trade?

The trend to push and to value the university option ahead of apprenticeships and trades careers is to be greatly lamented.  In circumstances where this occurs, many young people with interests, skills and a passion for something more “hands-on”, are often made to feel their choices are second best; that apprenticeships leading to careers in the trades are what you fall back on if you don’t get in to university. 

Emphatically, they are not second best!

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Do Children Learn Enough about their Future Finances?

Posted by Murray LeClair on November 7, 2017 at 3:10 PM

Murray LeClair

When it comes to school, many adults lament that they weren't taught enough about 'real life' skills when they were kids.

It is a common complaint: 'I can do trigonometry and know what happened to all of Henry VIII's wives, but I don't know how to do my taxes'.

For the next generation, it is possible to change this so they will feel better prepared when they leave school and enter adult society.

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After the NSW Higher School Certificate (HSC) - What Next?

Posted by Gordon Doyle on November 2, 2017 at 1:08 PM

Gordon Doyle

This year, some 70,000 New South Wales Year 12 students sat for the Higher School Certificate.  Many of these students will have university aspirations and of those who do apply, most will receive an offer.  The offer may not be to their highest preference, although Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) statistics indicate that 70% of those who apply will receive an offer to one of their top three preferences.

Understanding the options

Young people need to understand however, that, depending on what they want to do, university is just one way to achieve their career goal. 

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Topics: Careers

Elite athletes: Leaving clues to better learning for all students

Posted by Peter Barnes on October 10, 2017 at 7:57 AM

Peter Barnes

Is it possible the neurofeedback tools elite athletes are using to lift their performance can also be used to improve learning for students? And not just for top of the class students, but for all students regardless of their current learning achievements?

You may have heard about educational neuroscience, the science of learning, but what about sports neuroscience?  What do you know about that?

Well, sports neuroscience uses brain science to investigate how to improve the performance of top professional athletes, where a very small improvement can help them stand out from the pack.  And they have discovered neurofeedback can make the difference between a gold medal or just missing it by the finest margin. 

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Topics: Teaching, Nervanix Attention Technology, For Principals

Is this your future classroom?

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 11, 2017 at 2:25 PM

Peter Barnes

Sydney University has published a very interesting article about how it's classrooms have changed.  To read Sydney Uni's complete post, go here.

Here is a summary of the article, which starts with this comment: 

"Today, the classroom is flexible, creative, and agile – our students are logging in and learning from all over the globe. The modern tutorial room, lecture theatre and laboratory are still hives of activity, but not in the way you remember it. Here are a handful of ways the classrooms at Sydney have changed."

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Topics: eLearning, School, Teaching, Successful Schools, For Principals

Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conference Series expands to Asia

Posted by Peter Barnes on September 6, 2017 at 9:48 AM

Peter Barnes

The premier educational neuroscience conference in Australia & New Zealand, ENS2017, is expanding to Asia following well attended events in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland in August this year. 

Principals, school administrators, teachers and other education leaders from Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand will be able to attend the Educating with Neuroscience 2017 Conference Asia (ENS2017 ASIA) in November.

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Topics: Learning Enhancement, Learning Capacity, Educational Neuroscience, Teaching, Fast ForWord123, Conferences, ENS2017 ASIA

Autism & Fast ForWord123: What a Difference a Few Months Make

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 29, 2017 at 4:50 PM

Peter Barnes

In the Rethinking Learning Blog a mother of a 9-year old autistic boy wrote how the Fast ForWord123 programs have improved his expressive language skills, listening skills, ability to follow directions, conversation skills, desire to interact with others, social skills and reading comprehension. 

The mother, who calls herself by her blogger title, 'Mama Woz' says, "the progress he’s made in the 3.5 months since starting Fast ForWord has been truly exponential".

Here is her story, courtesy of the Rethinking Learning Blog:

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Topics: Autism, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Fast ForWord123

Fast ForWord123 rated highly by techlearning.com

Posted by Peter Barnes on June 29, 2017 at 4:31 PM

Peter Barnes

The neuroscience-based language & learning improvement program, Fast ForWord123 (including the Fast ForWord cognitive, language and reading development modules plus Reading Assistant, the online reading coach) was recently rated by techlearning.com.

Here is a summary of the techlearning.com rating:

OVERALL RATING:

Unique features and technology, sophisticated reporting, real-time feedback, interactive resources, and a broad range of reading passages in an intuitive and easy-to-use program all help teachers understand when and where students are struggling and help students gain the skills they need to be successful readers.

Suitability for Use in a School Environment: 

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Topics: Fast ForWord, For Principals, Fast ForWord123

Eyes Not Necessarily the Window to the Soul for People with Autism

Posted by Tilly Stevens on June 21, 2017 at 4:57 PM

Tilly Stevens

It is a common understanding that individuals with autism will not, or do not like to look others in the eye. This can be distressing and even hurtful to those who love and care for such individuals.

This tendency to avoid eye contact has led to the conception that people with ASD (autistic spectrum disorder) are ‘uncaring’ or can’t engage emotionally.

However new research shows that this may be a misconception. Those with ASD may be avoiding eye contact because it is physically uncomfortable to them, not because they do not want to engage with others.

Instead, it is likely that any lack of emotional development or understanding is actually a symptom of this discomfort. Autistic individuals often want (or need) to avoid eye contact and thereby may miss a lot of the emotional development encountered by reacting to facial expressions.  This then ‘stunts’ their emotional development and abilities.

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Topics: Autism

Spoon-feeding students – hand it out, or let them starve?

Posted by Tilly Stevens on June 8, 2017 at 1:32 PM

Tilly Stevens

This idea of “spoon-feeding; students gets kicked around a lot these days. But what really is meant by this phrase? Is it a bad thing and should we stop it? If so, how can we?

In an interview on The Learning Capacity Podcast, learning specialist Richard Andrew described spoon-feeding as:

“Any process which robs students of the opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning.”

According to Richard there are two types of spoon-feeding – explicit and implicit.

Explicit includes behaviour such as providing notes to students so they can “pass” an exam (here Richard really emphasises the idea of merely passing).

Implicit spoon-feeding includes the teacher-centered learning approach that many schools have in place. Through this, teachers teach to or ‘at’ students – “do what I do and know what I know” as Richard puts it.

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Topics: Teaching

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