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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 Improve Your Child’s Social Skills

Posted by Peter Barnes on November 19, 2021 at 11:44 AM

Peter Barnes

Are you concerned your child's social skills may not be up to scratch?

Here you will find some strategies, tips and activities to help your children improve their social skills. You will also learn where to look for online programs and professional help. And if you want to dive deeper into the topic, there are some links to resources from around the world.

But first, what are social skills anyway, and why should you care about them?

Social skills include behaviours and emotional competencies

Social skills include a range of behavioural and emotional competencies such as:

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Topics: Social Skills, Social & Emotional Learning

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

Help Your Kids Learn Key Life Skills Through Games And Role Play

Posted by Jane Shearer on July 22, 2020 at 3:00 PM

With millions of Australian kids back in school, learning has been kicked into high gear as the country’s children try to make up for any lost time in the classroom. While experts have reiterated the importance of classroom learning in a child’s education, there is also plenty of learning opportunities beyond the traditional classroom setting.

For years, studies have shown the benefits of play to a child’s development and provide a great platform for encouraging learning and bonding at home. From developing their financial skills at home to encouraging the growth of their social skills, here is how parents can use role play and games to teach their child key life skills and support their classroom learning.

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Topics: Attention, Social Skills, Learning Capacity, Maths, Social & Emotional Learning

Students with Better Social Skills Achieve Higher Test Scores

Posted by Peter Barnes on January 31, 2018 at 5:45 PM

Peter Barnes

Children who are co-operative, socially responsible and helpful in kindergarten achieve higher scores on reading, writing and numeracy tests in primary school, compared with children with less pro-social behaviour.

This is the finding from a 5-year study of more than 52,000 kindergarten students from nearly 2800 schools.  The study was led by Dr Rebecca Collie at the University of New South Wales School of Education. 

Test scores from the children’s NAPLAN (Australia’s National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy) in 2012 and 2014 were compared for four different social and emotional behavioural profiles observed when they were in kindergarten:

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Topics: Writing, Social Skills, Literacy, Maths, NAPLAN, Social & Emotional Learning

In the Quest for School-Readiness, Has the Fun Gone from Preschool?

Posted by Peter Barnes on February 15, 2016 at 3:31 PM

Peter Barnes

Importance_of_being_little.jpgWhat can you remember about your preschool, kindergarten or early school years?

Possibly not a lot, but whatever you do remember probably bears little resemblance to the preschools and kindergarten of today.

There has been a trend for preschools to become more structured, and to offer more formalised learning programs, leaving less time for unstructured play and simple fun.

Many parents and teachers will argue that this is a good thing. That it improves their child’s “school readiness” which leads to better learning outcomes in primary and later in secondary school. That it is necessary to give children the best opportunity in today's hypercompetitive world.

A new book by Yale University Professor Erika Christakis argues that the trend to push academic goals down to preschool is actually not good for children.

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Topics: Social Skills, School

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