Meryl Collins

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Does homework help? Only if it's the right homework, expert says

Homework is not useless but its quality is far more important than quantity and schools should think very carefully about why they are setting it, an …

What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon

Yesterday was _____.<br>Today is _____.<br>Tomorrow will be _____.<p>Does dressing a teddy bear for the weather each day make optimal use of instructional time? …

Teaching

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Address Behavioral Issues Affecting Academic Achievement<p>Points off for late work may not motivate students. I know that when I took points off for …

12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading

<b>2. Listen to audiobooks.</b> There are so many benefits we can glean from listening to audiobooks. We can set aside the mechanical skills we need to read …

Teaching

8 Epic Ideas for Ending the School Year

1. Make a Top 10 List<p>Dave Burgess suggested having kids make their Top 10 list of what they had learned during the school year. (Think David …

Teaching

In Egypt, This Is What a Muslim Mob Did To a 70-Year-Old Woman of the Wrong Religion

May 28, 2016 by Terry Firma<p>Christians are a minority in Egypt, making up only about 10 percent of the population. As we’ve seen so often, religious …

How the ancient city-state of Ur may have looked like around 2000 BC.

The world as 100 people over the last 200 years.<p>Europeans are divided along ideological lines in their views of the EU, but this division is not a …

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Ancient Rus and Medieval Europe: The Emergence of Early Medieval States

The complex questions of the emergence of states in Ancient Rus and Medieval Europe were at the forefront of a conference in 2012. The Papers have …

Israel returns looted ancient relics to Egypt

Israel on Sunday handed over to Egypt two ancient Pharaonic sarcophagi, giving symbolic expression to the warming of ties between the two nations in …

Archaeology

Ancient tools and bone found in Florida could help rewrite the story of the first Americans

Thousands of years ago, some of the first Americans knelt beside a pond in what is now Florida. Clutching sharp stone knives, they hacked at the tusk …

The clash within a civilisation - The Arab world

Special report<p>The Arab worldThe clash within a civilisation<p>CLEAVING TO A barren mountainside above the plain of Nineveh, the Syriac Orthodox …

Mummified Fetus From Ancient Egypt Found

The 2,500-year-old specimen was recovered from a tiny, intricately carved wooden coffin.

Unqualified daughter of minister teaches in his academy schools

Daughter of schools minister Lord Nash is also helping draw up new curriculum for Future Academies – set up by Nash and his wife<p>An academy chain set up by the schools minister Lord Nash is allowing his unqualified and unpaid daughter to teach history and help draw up a new curriculum, prompting …

This tiny ancient Egyptian coffin hid a big secret for over a century

The Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK has an unusual item in its collection. It's a wood coffin, a mere 17 inches (44 centimeters) long. It dates to around 664-525 BC. The small size is notable, but the contents are even more fascinating.<p>Researchers discovered a small human fetus inside. "This discovery …

Trainee teachers from northern England told to modify their accents

Dr Alexander Baratta says his research reveals an unhealthy culture of ‘linguistic prejudice’ in the teaching profession<p>Trainee teachers from the north of England are being asked to tone down their accents in order to be better understood in the classroom, according to research. Those with southern …

The Wonders of Ancient Egypt

Liz Gill felt safe and welcomed as she explored the aniquities of this fascinating country on a Nile cruise The Pyramid at Giza Liz kissing the …

Ancient History

Teaching needs a shake-up to give children the education they need for the future

So where do we start? I believe in starting with the positives, and there are many. For instance, Australia already has in place a clearly …

Pedagogy

Developing students’ digital identities

My university teaching is underpinned by the ways my colleagues and I work with our Master of Education coursework students to create and share …

Australia will have to face the consequences of its education gap

Government policies have played a role in boosting the number of adults with university degrees and technical qualifications but the main driver …

Better teachers? Better at what, exactly?

Then there are the NAPLAN tests that we aren't meant to prepare our students for but do, because "bad" results will reflect badly on our schools and …

Australian schools will never match Finland's unless teachers can tell the truth

We aren't allowed to tell it how it is.<p>Even though we've been drowning in a sea of paperwork we've done our best to come up for air and actually …

Education

Ideas for Australia: Why is Australia falling behind in maths, science and literacy – and what can be done about it?

<i>The Conversation has asked 20 academics to examine the big ideas facing Australia for the 2016 federal election and beyond. The 20-piece series will</i> …

Are double degrees worth it?

What's your view?<p>Are double degrees worth the investment?<br>• Are students taking on too much education straight after school?<br>• Is academic inflation real …

Higher Education

The art of turning science, technology and maths learning into a game

"I usually keep a lot of things to myself but it felt good seeing other people enjoying my work and sharing it with other people."<p>Games Net is a …

The World's Most Beautiful Historic Castles

They're literally fit for kings.<p>Built to protect and entertain royalty, ancient castles naturally possess a lasting beauty. But unlike the gated compounds of yesteryear, modern travelers can now step inside their historic gates.

God Is Living, So Why Does Religion Treat God As Dead?

There's a vigorous debate in the United States about the nature of our constitution. Liberals tend to argue that the constitution is a living document, while conservatives, like the late Justice Scalia, claim our constitution is "dead, dead, dead".<p>If the authors of the constitution were alive today …

Faith