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Teaching is more emotionally taxing than most people realise. from

The emotional workload of teachers is too often ignored

Research shows nearly one in three Australian teachers are so unhappy in their profession they consider leaving within their first five years of employment.
The language that’s spoken in science classrooms is very different to every day English – even mother tongue English speakers may struggle because of this. From

Helping learners become fluent in the language of science classrooms

We view school science as largely a practical subject, but pupils must understand the language of science – which is often very different from every day language – if they are to excel.
Bringing education to life. Students in class via Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock

How to make teaching great

An article we wrote last week for The Conversation on Seven “great” teaching methods not backed up by evidence prompted a large amount of comment and discussion. One of the main questions has been, ok…
We know what doesn’t work. Teaching via Shutterstock/michaeljung

Seven ‘great’ teaching methods not backed up by evidence

What makes “great teaching”? It’s a complicated question, made more difficult by trying to measure how teachers make decisions in the classroom and what impact those decisions have on what pupils learn…
There are no lab rats in education research, we have to develop new techniques in the classroom. AAP

Teaching is complex: don’t try to simplify what teachers do

Prominent educator Stephen Dinham recently made some criticisms of primary teaching, some of which I support, but some were too simplistic. His views on educational research and his criticisms of “process…
Teach instead of tell, and know your students. There are ways you can become a better teacher. Shutterstock

Expert panel: what makes a good teacher

Amid debates about teacher quality and training, and with the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group soon to report on teacher education, we asked a panel of experts just what makes a good teacher…

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