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Unschooling could leave Australian children without numeracy or literacy skills | smh.com.au

Unschooling could leave Australian children without numeracy or literacy skills | smh.com.au | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Is unschooling inflicting a new disparity of education Australia's children?
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Home schooling... I've never been a fan. I met some gorgeous kids in Turkey who were home schooled by their mum in Guam. They were clearly confident and comfortable with adults but lacked friends of their age.
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Schoolyard bullying: are boys meaner than girls?

Schoolyard bullying: are boys meaner than girls? | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
In tales of schoolyard bullying, young girls spread rumours and alienate their victims, while boys push and shove.
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Cyber bullying is such a problem. There needs to be a lot more education/parental involvement in this area - a teacher's job only goes so far. I still feel REALLY strong about teaching psychological skills at school - circle time is important. 
I feel like there has been a shift way from using fists to solve problems - i think we do a good job in society nowadays to condemn violence, but cyber bullying is the new go to method. 

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The child-driven education

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Education scientist Sugata Mitra tackles one of the greatest problems of education -- the best teachers and schools don't exist where they're needed most.
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Child lead learning! Group work and projects creating deeper learning.
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Unschooling could leave Australian children without numeracy or literacy skills | smh.com.au

Unschooling could leave Australian children without numeracy or literacy skills | smh.com.au | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Is unschooling inflicting a new disparity of education Australia's children?
Christine Lucas's insight:
Home schooling... I've never been a fan. I met some gorgeous kids in Turkey who were home schooled by their mum in Guam. They were clearly confident and comfortable with adults but lacked friends of their age.
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School's in for digital learning

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Are iPads a recipe for mass distraction or an essential tool?
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iPads iPads
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Let the kids play their video games, it's good for them! | smh.com.au

Let the kids play their video games, it's good for them! | smh.com.au | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Pulling children away from their consoles can be exhausting – and it's probably counterproductive.
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I think I may have found my niche! Digital media in the classroom, check!
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Australian girls ahead of boys in computer literacy

Australian girls ahead of boys in computer literacy | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Teen boys are thought to be compter geeks. But a major study has found Australian girls are more computer-literate than their male classmates.
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Wouldn't have guessed girls would be ahead of boys - all thanks to social media
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International Baccalaureate: Final exams just about to start

International Baccalaureate: Final exams just about to start | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Daniel Vassilev and Jamie Barbour did not want the flexibility the HSC gives students to restrict their schooling to subjects they excel at.
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I would love to be able to teach IB. I wish I had done one too - I pretty much did all the right subjects anyway.
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The Facebook filter protecting students from bullies (and themselves)

The Facebook filter protecting students from bullies (and themselves) | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Posting to Facebook at 3am is rarely well-considered or necessary. But what if there was a sober voice of reason tapping you on the shoulder and urging you to reconsider?
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Sometimes I wish I had someone next to me making me think twice before i hit enter. Not that i'm one to write anything very awful but maybe sometimes i suffer from not know when to stop with some things - and yes if it does happen it happens after 1am when i'm not feeling my best. Only a few instances of this has occurred - i don't have much of a filter. However, this may borderline on a privacy issues and doesn't teach one about developing our own sense of self-control.

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Primary Ethics : Our Curriculum

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More Primary  Ethics  info. So interesting 

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Top graduates parachuted into Australia’s poorest schools

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TOP graduates will be parachuted into the nation’s most disadvantaged schools under an expansion of the Teach For Australia program that deploys outstanding recruits who did not study teaching into schools.
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I don't know how i'd feel if in those challenging areas. Something needs to be done though. All comes down to money unfortunately. 

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School chaplaincy funding struck down in High Court

School chaplaincy funding struck down in High Court | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
The High Court rules in favour of a challenge to Commonwealth funding of the school chaplaincy program.
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There needs to be a mental health/psychology skill based education program. Maybe ethics etc can be linked. Tough area to work with, but I don't think religion in the answer.

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Public school exodus starts as early as year 2

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Parents are so panicked about their children missing a place at a private high school that they are plucking six- and seven-year-olds out of public school as early as year two
Christine Lucas's insight:
Again with the theme of moving to the private sector for secondary education. However the trend to move them should not be moved to as young as year 2!! That's ridiculous. I don't feel like the gains are worth it. Unless, as I've said before, you're local public school isn't the right fit. I just feel like year 2 is so young. Private schools can be scary places, I really think the public systems q good education for the real world. But, this all appears to be based on outrageously long waiting lists for their private school of choice, so many for parents with their heart set on a particular system may not have another option!
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Private schools face 'huge pressure' to increase fees, says Geoff Newcombe

Private schools face 'huge pressure' to increase fees, says Geoff Newcombe | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Private schools will need to keep a lid on rising fees as parents start to panic about the prospect of exorbitant university degrees, the peak body representing independent schools has warned.
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Going to keep an eye on this debate as I work in both sectors and believe this area really needs some addressing.

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NSW families abandon public schools in favour of private education

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Families in NSW are abandoning public schools in favour of private education, with new figures showing a 10 per cent surge in non-government school enrolments as public school enrolments stagnate.
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mainly at high school level but even so, a trend to keep an eye on..

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Australian teachers being recruited to the UK to cope with "ghastly" shortage | smh.com.au

Australian teachers being recruited to the UK to cope with "ghastly" shortage | smh.com.au | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Young Australians looking for jobs as teachers are increasingly being recruited to work in schools in Britain, where there is an acute shortage of qualified ...
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I was interested in this at one point. Maybe I a few years... Scotland though, not London.
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Gender imbalance in HSC English texts criticised

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Women writers are outnumbered by their male counterparts on the new HSC English reading list.
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I feel like the majority of books i read in primary are written by women. I will keep an eye on this through next year.
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Will Generation Z be as connected as we are? | smh.com.au

Will Generation Z be as connected as we are? | smh.com.au | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Today's hot tech companies may soon be in for some nasty surprises, as teenagers pushing back against the technology dependence that previous generations have ...
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Gonski funding flows to most needy of NSW schools

Gonski funding flows to most needy of NSW schools | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Some of the state's most needy schools will see their funding grow by as much as 60 per cent next year as the state government hands out $664 million, including $97 million in Gonski money, to public schools.
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I have friends who work at Homebush. Great when funding is handed down to those in need.
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NAPLAN numeracy and literacy tests to be online in 2017

NAPLAN numeracy and literacy tests to be online in 2017 | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Schools will be able to choose to sit NAPLAN tests online in 2017 and the use of pen and paper for the national numeracy and literacy tests will be completely phased out by 2019, after education ministers agreed on the roll-out of interactive...
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If it makes the NAPLAN results come out quicker, we could use them more effectively!
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Big increase in student expulsions, suspensions

Big increase in student expulsions, suspensions | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Students in NSW are being suspended or expelled from public schools at record rates, with the latest figures revealing a 35 per cent rise in the number of times students have been sent home for misbehaving over the past five years.
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suspension: entrenched behaviours, disconnection from school, and ultimately denial of one of the most basic of child rights that has major implications throughout the life course – the right to an education

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Principals cash in on after-school care

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Cash-strapped public schools are capitalising on an aggressive push by private after-school care operators in a move that will see parents paying higher fees but will do little to ease the chronic shortage of places across Sydney.
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Interesting to read - big issue esp in lower-socio economic areas

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Philosophy at five: kindy kids to study ethics

Philosophy at five: kindy kids to study ethics | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Should you dob on someone who does the wrong thing? Is it okay to tell a friend’s secret? And how do you know if someone is your friend?
Christine Lucas's insight:

Really interesting! I love the idea of teaching ethics. This is definitely an area i would like to pursue. If i was still a student teacher i would be volunteering to teach this. Unfortunately, it's too much on a full time teaching load. Really great. Hoping my minders next year can get involved with this.

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Business body Australian Chamber of a Commerce and Industry questions Federal Government foreign language revival plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Business body Australian Chamber of a Commerce and Industry questions Federal Government foreign language revival plan - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
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Aboriginal girls at risk of falling through the cracks at school

Aboriginal girls at risk of falling through the cracks at school | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
Aboriginal girls are at risk of falling further behind at school than their male peers because sport is too often used as the tool to attract and encourage school participation among indigenous children, a new report warns.
Christine Lucas's insight:

Interesting read here. I haven't worked with many ATSI students but am very keen to.

Agree with the stupidity of getting in with the kids through sport - obviously this won't suite everyone.

Girls and the Centre initiative sounds good.

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A Bad Principal Taught Me a Good Lesson | Scholastic.com

A Bad Principal Taught Me a Good Lesson | Scholastic.com | Miss Lucas Scoops it | Scoop.it
A teacher shares the story of how she dealt with a bullying principal by attending a seminar on communication strategies and seeing problems as challenges instead of setbacks.
Christine Lucas's insight:

YES! Throughout my working life so far i've had to deal with many different employers/managers and leaders. Schools are complicated places and success relies on good leadership. I have been lucky to have encountered some pretty great principals and APs so far on my journey. An approachable, passionate leader is very attractive and is reason enough to stay in a job - even if it is a difficult environment. The ideal situation? Good school, good leader.

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