Caroline Harben

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Should schools just get back to basics?

I've heard a lot of people complain about school. I've worked with unhappy parents and angry students who have shared with me how they have been …

Techniques for Teaching Vocabulary to Elementary Students

Let me give you a play-by-play to give you a sense of how I do it at home.<p>Setting: Playing in the backyard.<br>• Max: It's getting hot.<br>• Me: Yes, the …

Teaching

The Definition Of The Flipped Classroom

<b>The Definition Of The Flipped Classroom</b><p>As one of the most popular trends in education in recent memory, you’ve undoubtedly heard of the flipped …

Different approach to learning yields compassionate results

Each week, at my daughter’s primary school, like most schools across Australia, we have assembly. It’s an opportunity for a particular neighbourhood …

Inquiry-based learning: harnessing children’s natural curiosity

<b>What is inquiry-based learning?</b><p>Inquiry-based learning is an educational strategy that builds on something we all do: ask questions about the world …

Teachers: 10 Tips for Slowing Down

#1. Prune your goals<p>Examine the goals you've determined for yourself, your students, your school, your department, etc. Prioritize them. Now, if it's …

Five ways to get kids to want to read and write

How can teachers get students to want to learn? Here is an article about the issue, from veteran educator Larry Ferlazzo, adapted from his new book, Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies For Student Motivation. Some of the ideas in this excerpt were contributed by his colleagues at Burbank High …

Children today are suffering a severe deficit of play – Peter Gray

When I was a child in the 1950s, my friends and I had two educations. We had school (which was not the big deal it is today), and we also had what I …

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic …

Pedagogy

Every Teacher’s Guide to Assessment

It’s not a stretch to say that assessment is a hot button issue in education; however, you’d be hard pressed to find an educator who doesn’t see the …

Pedagogy

Training the Brain to Listen: A Practical Strategy for Student Learning and Classroom Management

Explicit instruction on cognitive strategies that can help students learn <i>how</i> to learn may have a positive impact on both academic performance and …

Teaching

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

As a new teacher I remember getting into my classroom for the first time. I set up the space like classrooms I had seen before and enjoyed; I got my …

Play

America's Tiniest Engineers: Report from Greenville, South CarolinaBy Deborah Fallows. It was the monthly "engineering week" when I visited the A.J. …

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really.

<i>UPDATE: Cool. This post was nominated and made the shortlist for Most Influential Post of 2012 by edublog. I’m really honored!</i><p>What if the earth moves …

National curriculum the latest target of Coalition's culture wars

Education minister Christopher Pyne has announced a sweeping review of Australia’s national curriculum to weed out a supposed “partisan bias” in …

An argument for reading one thing at a time

My new year’s resolution is to read less, more deeply. By this, I mean that I aim to break my habit of skimming multiple texts at a time; to focus on …

The long search for Microsoft's next CEO

Microsoft is hunting for a new CEO, and five months after Steve Ballmer agreed to retire, the search continues.<p>There are some key reasons why …

Thanks academia, soon I will join a generation of jobless PhDs

My friend leaned forward over the table where we were having dinner. It was a loud, busy restaurant, but she lowered her voice conspiratorially and …

Curriculum review set to reignite the 'literacy wars'

Kevin Donnelly, the conservative education critic who is set to review Australia’s national curriculum, has a long history of partisan criticism of …

It's time for parents to have their say on the national curriculum

Australia’s national curriculum, which is set to be reviewed, is an easy document for anyone to find and read. It really doesn’t require two experts …

Half of teens outgrow depression and anxiety

Around half of teens who experience a brief episode of depression or anxiety do not go on to have a mental illness in adulthood, according to a study …

Talking to kids about emotions matters more than you think

Pop culture parenting styles like “Helicopter” and “Snowplow” have received a lot of recent media attention. Such coverage tends to overlook the …

What makes a good teacher?

Do you have a good university lecturer? What makes them good? Is it because they make their classes relevant? Are their lectures interesting or …

The rise of teaching-only academics: belated recognition or a slippery slope?

In 1988, then-federal education minister John Dawkins almost doubled the number of Australian universities.<p>Dawkins did this by by merging colleges of …

'Dreamtime' and 'The Dreaming' – an introduction

In 2002, Jeannie Herbert Nungarrayi, formerly a Warlpiri teacher at the Lajamanu School in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory, where I …

Curriculum review: Western civilisation’s legacy has a dark side

The push is currently on for Australia’s national curriculum to place more emphasis on the history of Western civilisation and its values.<p>But if we …

How can we prepare university students for the real world?

New students entering university this year will embark on a path that will require a great deal of emotional and financial investment. The pay-off …

'Dreamtime' and 'The Dreaming': who dreamed up these terms?

** **We’re all, it seems, familiar with the terms “Dreamtime” and “The Dreaming” in relation to Aboriginal Australian culture, but – as I noted in …