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Jane Shearer

Jane Shearer is a freelance writer. While volunteering with a charity at college, she fell in love with the power of art to help all kinds of people. For most of the last decade, she's worked as a counsellor using art for this very purpose though since becoming a mom for the second time, Jane has taken a step back to share her philosophy through writing instead.

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Managing the Challenges of Remote Learning for Children on the Spectrum

Posted by Jane Shearer on June 19, 2022 at 9:00 AM

While some students - including those with autism - report being happier with online learning due to the absence of issues like bullying and having their needs met better at home, others may find remote learning to be a major challenge.

With issues regarding the online format, the social aspects of online learning, and schedule changes, there’s no question that making the change to online learning can be stressful and overwhelming for many children on the spectrum.

From creating a new schedule to using helpful online tools, here are just three ways that parents can help their child navigate remote learning successfully.

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Topics: Autism, Learning Capacity

How to Help Your Child Settle into a New Primary School

Posted by Jane Shearer on December 7, 2021 at 3:15 PM

Every year many children move to a new school.

And as Covid makes working from home more common, prompting parents to relocate away from big cities, even more students may be faced with the challenge of integrating into another school.

Generally, there are three times in a child’s life when they must deal with education-related change: starting pre-school, moving to primary school and moving to secondary school.

When a child is starting school, they are generally with other children who are all new starters too. But if you have relocated to a new area, your child may be the only new student and it can sometimes feel a little overwhelming. Fortunately, there are ways that you can help them.

Here are some tips for settling your child into a new primary school so that they can enjoy the experience and learn successfully

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, School, Learning Capacity

Risky Play and Its Role In Early Childhood Learning and Development

Posted by Jane Shearer on September 21, 2021 at 1:35 PM

Researchers suggest that engagement in risky play provides children an opportunity to navigate and cope with uncertainty, resulting in decreased anxiety, according to a recent Canadian study.

Risky play is defined as a thrilling activity involving challenges that test limits and the possibility of getting injured. Typically, children love trying out new things and, in the process, seek opportunities that allow them to engage in challenging activities or risky play.

While risky play might seem dangerous for kids, it offers many benefits, including improved social, motor, and spatial skills, critical aspects in building student learning capacity. Below are some of the essential roles of risky play in early childhood learning and development.

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Topics: Confidence & Resilience, Social & Emotional Learning

Simple Ways To Teach Children About Sustainability

Posted by Jane Shearer on July 5, 2021 at 11:02 AM

Over the past 10 years, sustainable living has become increasingly popular among Australian families. A study from Planet Ark and HP Australia found that more than 90% of Australians are worried about sustainability.

There is, however, still a long way to go before the nation as a whole becomes adequately sustainable. One way to accelerate the process is to teach children about the importance of sustainable living from a young age.

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Topics: Learning Capacity

Simple Yet Effective Ways To Keep Kids Interested In Learning

Posted by Jane Shearer on June 9, 2021 at 4:53 PM

Australian kids are more than halfway through the school term, and it's likely that most of them are already tired and stressed over homework and revising for exams. According to a recent survey, over 30 percent of students said that their homework workload is their biggest source of stress, while more than 25 percent said that tests like NAPLAN are causing them anxiety in school.

Being worried over grades and performance can cause a child to lose interest in their school work. This is why parents should take active steps to ensure that their kids stay engaged during the school year, and have a love for learning that goes beyond the classroom.

Here are some simple yet effective ways to keep kids interested in learning.

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Topics: Learning Capacity

The Changing Face of Education In A Post-Covid World

Posted by Jane Shearer on April 12, 2021 at 2:40 PM

There is no denying that the Covid-19 global pandemic has disrupted just about every aspect of our lives, including our children’s education. By the end of March 2020, interruptions were experienced at schools in every state. Although the extent and timeline of the closures differed from one region to the next, the Australian education system as a whole was impacted greatly.

Even now, a year later, great uncertainty still remains, with lockdowns being enforced and lifted without much forewarning. Although Australia has managed to avoid much of the large-scale devastation the pandemic caused elsewhere in the world, the country’s education system remains vulnerable.

There are actually a number of ways in which the pandemic is changing education across the world. 

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Topics: School, Learning Capacity

Inspiring Children to Develop an Interest in Investment

Posted by Jane Shearer on March 9, 2021 at 3:41 PM

Financial literacy is a skill that is vital for us all to learn, particularly considering the fact that many young adults seek their first loans soon after leaving school or when they are at university.

Recent research by the University of Western Australia has found, however, that around 45% of adults in Australia lack financial literacy. When it comes to investment, budgeting, and other financial matters, it is never too early.

To ensure children feel confident about making money and managing it well, teaching them vital skills in investment may be the first, crucial step towards financial literacy and expertise.

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Topics: Careers

Tips for Kickstarting Your Child's Career In Social Media

Posted by Jane Shearer on February 15, 2021 at 11:41 AM

More than 3.8 billion people use social media, making it a powerful tool for businesses to market themselves and for anyone to reach a large audience. For those looking into a career in the field, such as a position in social media marketing or management, knowing where to start your education journey can be daunting.

However, by taking a few courses and simply gaining your own first hand experience, you can effectively learn the basics of using social platforms, all the while gaining valuable skills that can kickstart your dream social media career.

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Topics: Careers

How to Teach Children the Main Pillars of Design

Posted by Jane Shearer on January 19, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Artificial intelligence and other machine learning principles may be taking over a plethora of industries, but there will always be room for design. Within this industry, there are a few future creative roles, including those of augmented reality designer, fusionist, and intelligent system designer. 

Creativity, originality, and vision are three elements that are usually present in youngsters with a flair for arts-related topics but when it comes to design, there are key principles children can learn so they can aim to create quality work with a real value from the time they are very young.

After all, ‘design for life’ - lasting design that has value in the real world - is considered a universal aim for designers from a wide array of industries.

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Topics: Careers, Teaching, Artificial Intelligence

Valuable Lessons Your Child Can Learn From Playing Video Games

Posted by Jane Shearer on August 11, 2020 at 1:22 PM

Australians are enamoured with video games and a recent survey has shown that more than two thirds of the population are avid gamers. While some people believe that gaming is just a shallow way to pass the time, 60 percent of those who were polled say that playing video games can be beneficial for students.

And over 50 percent said that their children use games for school purposes. Apart from being an interactive and fun way to learn, video games can also have surprising benefits for kids as they can pick up positive values and develop new skills from gaming.

Here are the valuable lessons your child can learn from playing video games.

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Topics: Attention, Social & Emotional Learning

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