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How to Enhance Social Skills in Students in Virtual Learning

Posted by Jessica Robinson on June 16, 2022 at 2:06 PM

Traditionally, a school or a college is where students go to learn. Apart from learning new things, they get the opportunity to interact, build relationships, and become aware of social values and etiquette.

With technology evading every corner of the world, including the education industry, the learners’ amount of time in physical classes is diminishing every passing month.

The rate highly depends on the educational institution, type of class, or the student’s willingness to show up for physical or blended classes. That wasn’t a big deal before, but the rate at which the world is adapting to virtual learning and the commonly known advantages of the traditional learning style that are threatened raise lots of questions.

Students will no longer have a supportive community where they can practice what they learn or understand what coexisting really means.

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Topics: Social Skills, School

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

What I noticed in one class after Covid lockdown

Posted by Moya Gibb-Smith on November 12, 2021 at 1:26 PM

There was a Covid outbreak at a school near where I live.

A lot of the teachers at that school had to isolate. Added to that were the staff who hadn’t returned to school because they’re unvaccinated. This created a drain on the pool of casual teachers in the local area.

I work for LearnFast but I like to keep my hand in by doing a little casual teaching work for the department. So when all the casual teachers in my area were covering the Covid affected classes, I got a call from my old school which is also close to where I live.

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Topics: Social Skills, School, Teaching

Designing a Perfect Homework Environment for Your Child

Posted by Jane Shearer on October 27, 2021 at 2:09 PM

According to some studies around 45% of students in grades three to 12 spend more than an hour every night doing homework, with some spending over three hours doing so. By the same token, only 50% of children get enough sleep (an average of nine hours nightly is recommended).

To enable your child to make the most of the little free time they have at the end of a long day at school, designing a positive homework environment is helpful.

Tidiness, ergonomics, and natural lighting are three aspects that will help them maximize their learning experience.

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Topics: School, Learning Capacity

Why Would You Send Your Child to Boarding School, If You Could?

Posted by Peter Barnes on May 31, 2021 at 10:24 AM

Peter Barnes

Only a very small percentage of the worldwide student population attends a boarding school.

I spent the last four years of secondary school as a “boarding student” because my family lived in country Queensland, and there was no high school nearby.  

Living away from family, sleeping in the dormitory with 30 other kids, and eating what I and my fellow students deemed totally unsatisfactory food was, in retrospect, not too bad. Not too good either, especially in my senior year when the school started to feel a little like a detention centre.

I imagine the quality of the accommodation and food has improved in the decades since I was a boarding school student. At least I hope so!

Nowadays some city parents choose to send their son or daughter to board at a school in the same city because they can afford to do so. 

Would you send your child to a boarding school if you could? What do you know about boarding schools?

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Topics: School

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

Artificial Intelligence & Learning (a dummy’s guide)

Posted by Moya Gibb-Smith on March 16, 2021 at 3:51 PM

Speaking almost sixty six years ago Professor John McCarthy, one of the founding fathers of AI said at the Dartmouth University conference 1956 , “Every aspect of learning... can in principle be so precisely described that a machine can be made to simulate it.” 

Stephen Hawking, the famous theoretical physicist, said “Every aspect of our lives will be transformed by AI” and it could be “the biggest event in the history of our civilisation”.

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Topics: School, Learning Capacity, Artificial Intelligence

How to Make Your Students Enthusiastic About Learning

Posted by Jessica Robinson on November 30, 2020 at 11:43 AM

Teaching is a responsible profession, where you act as a candelabrum for your students and guide them on the path of learning. Your sense of responsibility fuels your enthusiasm to teach your students in the best manner. So, every morning you enter your classroom enthusiastically, ready to serve your students.

But, many times, your enthusiasm can wither away within moments as you find your students not showing the desired interest in learning, despite your best efforts to teach them well. You feel disheartened when you watch them engaging in mischief, lacking attention and creating noise even when you are teaching.

Under such circumstances, you often engage in self-doubt and start thinking that you lack appropriate teaching calibre. However, this is not true! In almost every school and every classroom, teachers face similar problems from their students. So, cheer up, you are a great teacher, and deep inside your heart, you know that too!

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Topics: School, Teaching

5 Tips for Teachers to Ensure COVID Safe Learning for Students

Posted by Jessica Robinson on November 2, 2020 at 6:20 PM

Are we safe? This is the biggest question the pandemic makes us ask every time we step out of our house. We doubt every person we meet and surface we touch, are they the carrier of the deadly infection- Covid-19 ? This doubt stimulates us to take the best safety precautions for ourselves.

But, if you are a teacher, you’ll have to take care of your own safety as well as your students’ safety as the schools begin to reopen in some parts of the world. Although this is going to be a really challenging task, some effective tips can make it simpler for you.

We know that children are notorious, they are always making plans to break the rules you make. So, making rules for them is not going to be of help in this situation. You’ll have to make some special arrangements so that your students have no choice but to follow every safety precaution. These tips provide you with some arrangements that you can make in your classroom and ensure safe learning for your students. Now, let’s discuss them one by one:

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Topics: School, Teaching

Teacher Saw Student Miracles with Fast ForWord

Posted by Moya Gibb-Smith on September 8, 2020 at 4:11 PM

 

As an educator who specialised in teaching children to read, I tried lots of different methods. Some worked with some children and some worked with others but there wasn’t one that I could say was super effective.

For 3 years I ran a reading group before school which we called Early Birds for the children who needed more help with literacy. We staffed the program with parents and volunteers and every morning before school we would see up to 15 or 16 children for a twenty-minute lesson, one on one. And when we did that, we started to see the children make progress in their reading. 

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Topics: School, Fast ForWord, Learning Capacity Success Stories, Teaching

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