NAPLAN is a word we hear discussed in the media. Throughout their education students will be involved in this external test. The NAPLAN is completed by students every two years from Year 3 to Year 9. [Read more…]
Parents want to know exactly how their children are going at school both behaviourally and academically.
Parent often express frustration that they cannot work out if their children are meeting academic standards as there can appear to be no clear benchmarking. Not like the ‘old days’ when it was clear where a student stood in relation to his peers.
Teachers, however, do have a very good idea of how each student is learning and achieving in relation to expectations for their year level. So what to ask about at the parent teacher interview if you are still unsure of your child’s success or therwise!!
Gone are the days when children run up the street to do a little bit of shopping.
Gone are the days when we weigh fruit and vegetable at the fruit shop or grocery store.
Gone are the days when children run around the streets on their own and worked out when to come home.
These activities for very obvious reasons don’t happen anymore. But what that means is that our children can be missing out on the opportunity to use real life experiences to develop their Maths knowledge. These real life experiences allowed children to explore concepts such as money, distance, weight, time and organisational skills to name a few. [Read more…]
How hard must it be for a child starting out on some new learning if they don’t know what it is they need to achieve.
What will success look like?
Hasn’t everyone at some time sat in a meeting or lecture listening intently to the speaker only to wonder what they were really talking about or where the talk was going? I know I have.
One loses focus, feels confused and frustrated.
How different it is when the speaker outlines what will be discussed and indicates the steps they will take to ensure you have understood their talk by the end.
Let’s talk about setting children up for success by showing them what success looks like. [Read more…]
It is a common story that a concerned parent will approach the teacher to discuss their child’s academic progress only to be told that the child is doing fine and at this stage there is no need to be worried.
The parent goes away and is still concerned.
What is going on here?
Is this a case of ……
- an over-concerned parent?
- a parent who is hoping for greater achievement for their child than the standard?
- a disengaged teacher?
- a teacher who is not sure where the child stands in comparison with his peers?
or none of the above!
Let’s unpack the questions and see how a better outcome could be achieved. [Read more…]