Tag: Opinion

How Can Teachers Balance Screen Time in the Classroom?

It’s fair to say that I am a big fan of digital learning, but parent and teacher concerns around screen time (and an excess there-of) are real and reasonable. There’s ample evidence that too much screen time can have negative impacts on young people. But, we also know that technology can have a huge benefit …

Nigerian School Kidnappings

As a parent, I can only imagine the pain and fear of hearing that your child and their classmates have been kidnapped from their school. As an educator, I can only imagine the uncertainly and fear associated with knowing that you, your colleagues, and students can’t ever feel truly safe. That this is a recurring …

How Teachers Can Tackle Winter Coughs and Colds

As our Northern Hemisphere colleagues turn their faces to the sun for the first time in months, we in the Southern Hemisphere slide deeper into Winter. I’ve been down and out with a bug for well over a week (not THE bug, so that’s something to be grateful for), submitting to the obligatory throat and …

NAPLAN

B1 and B2 are doing NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) this week. I’m not a big fan of NAPLAN. I was in my second year of teaching when NAPLAN was introduced and I had my first cohort of Year 7s go through the process. At the time it was new to all …

Religion and School

That sounds like a controversial title, doesn’t it? Personally, I was brought up in a family where I was taught that you never discuss money, religion or politics with people you don’t know. Or people you want to stay friends with. I do want to stay friends with you. But, as Christmas approaches for many …

Getting Your Bum Kicked

Last week completely kicked my arse. My goodness. Home learning had me down, work was feeling like a slog, and then I got the migraine to end all migraines. I’m going to say something controversial here, and keep in mind I have given birth to two children, but the pain of a migraine is worse …

Has Covid-19 Changed the Way we Teach? Maybe it Depends on Where You Live

The affect Covid-19 has had on the world has certainly been dramatic. Everyone has been impacted, regardless of what they do to make a living. And teachers have been forced to approach how they teach in whole new ways. Despite the similarities though, there are differences depending on which country you happen to live and …

What are the Benefits of Learning Another Language?

It’s tough being a LOTE teacher in Australia and you only have to look a world map to understand why. We’re literally ‘girt by sea’ and English is our official language. There doesn’t seem to be a huge incentive to learn the languages of other countries, and we’ve done very little (if anything) to promote …