Exploring and analyzing how Finland consistently places at or near the top of international student assessments, especially PISA, has become popular in recent years. Pasi Sahlberg now explores this phenomenon from the perspective of the educational leader. With the culture of general and educational leadership in Finland as a backdrop, this resource is packed with strategies and tools that travel well. The book covers topics such as enhancing equity as an essential component of success, using physical activity to promote learning and the perseverance needed to embed ideas into leadership practice.
This book is the result of a year-long research project, 'Researching dialogic pedagogies for literacy learning across the primary years'. the project was funded by the Primary English Teaching Association Australia (PETAA) through their initiative, the PETAA Research Grant (PRG), first awarded to the authors in 2015/2015.
This book, from internationally renowned education scholar Pasi Sahlberg and his colleagues, focuses on some of the most controversial issues in contemporary education reform around the world. The authors devote a chapter to each of these “hard questions”: Does parental choice improve education systems? Is there a future for teacher unions? What is the right answer to the standardised testing question? Can schools prepare children for the 21st-century workplace? Will technology save schools? Can anyone be a teacher? Should higher education be for the public good? What knowledge and skills should an educator have? Each educational change question sheds much-needed light on today’s large-scale education policies and related reforms around the world. The authors focus on what makes each question globally significant, what we know from international research and what can be inferred from benchmark evidence. The final chapter offers a model for policymakers with implications for teaching, learning and schooling overall.
The enriched revision and update of Lorraine McDonald's best selling title includes up-to-date Australian Curriculum links and coverage along with new research, a new chapter on evaluating literary texts, and much more. Nonfiction texts have been added as examples of quality mentor texts, along with updated examples where appropriate of narratives and picture books.
Over the past decade, educational instruction has become increasingly digitized as districts rush to dole out laptops and iPads to every student. Yet the most important question, "Is this what is best for students?" is glossed over. Veteran teachers Joe Clement and Matt Miles have seen firsthand how damaging technology overuse and misuse has been to our kids. On a mission to educate and empower parents, they show how screen saturation at home and school has created a wide range of cognitive and social deficits in our young people. They lift the veil on what's really going on in schools: teachers who are often powerless to curb cell phone distractions; zoned-out kids who act helpless and are unfocused, unprepared, and unsocial; administrators who are influenced by questionable science sponsored by corporate technology purveyors. They provide action steps parents can take to demand change and make a compelling case for simpler, smarter, more effective forms of teaching and learning.
As a teacher in an inner-city school, Lucy Crehan was exasperated with ever-changing government policy claiming to be based on lessons from "top-performing" education systems. She became curious about what was really going on in classrooms of the countries whose teenagers ranked top in the world in reading, math, and science. Determined to dig deeper, Lucy set off on a personal educational odyssey through Finland, Japan, Singapore, Shanghai, and Canada, teaching in schools, immersing herself in their very different cultures and discovering the surprising truths about school life that don't appear in the charts and graphs. Clever Lands documents her journey, weaving together her experiences with research on policy, history, psychology, and culture to offer extensive new insights and provide answers to three fundamental questions: How do these countries achieve their high scores? What can others learn from them? And what is the price of this success?
A greatly expanded volume of the original The Art and Science of Teaching, offering a framework for substantive change based on Dr. Marzano's 50 years of education research. While the previous model focused on teacher outcomes, thenew version places focus on student outcomes. Throughout the book, Marzano details the elements of three overarching categories of teaching, which define what must happen to optimize student learning.
Curiosity comes from within. We just have to know how to unleash it. We learn by engaging and exploring, asking questions and testing out answers. Yet our classrooms are not always places where such curiosity is encouraged and supported. This book describes how teachers can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise, where inquiry guides authentic learning. The author shows how to foster student curiosity through exploration, novelty, and play; questioning and critical thinking; and experimenting and problem solving. With techniques to try, scaffolding advice, and relevant research from neuroscience and psychology, this book will help teachers harness the powerful drive in all learners, the drive to know, understand, and experience the world in a meaningful way.
This text will help teachers transition from simply planning instruction to designing high-quality student work. The authors share stories of successful practice and practical tools ready for immediate classroom application, and also provide opportunities for reflection and closure designed to help teachers consider (or reconsider) their current beliefs and practices.
Presents research-and theory-based strategies that combine a model of effective instruction with goal setting, focused practice, focused feedback, and observations and discussions of teaching to improve the instructional practices of all P-12 educators. This book includes a detailed compendium of over 270 ready-to-use strategies organised under 41 elements of effective teaching, along with reproducible self-assessment scales for each element.
A teaching resouce for both teachers and students. Kids news reports on current news appropriately written and censored for children. Each article is rated as either easy (green), intermediate (orange) or complex (red). Each story contains a classroom activity which is linked to the national curriculum.
The power of belief - mindset and success
Watch this 10 minute TEDx Talk (Manhattan Beach) by Eduardo Briceno (Co-Founder and CEO of Mindset Works) as he discusses the power of a growth mindset.
"Education Services Australia (ESA) is a national not-for-profit company owned by the state, territory and Australian Government education ministers" (ESA website, Unknown). The ESA website contains curriculum based materials with a focus on educational content and digital solutions.
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