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Get immersed enough in a good show, and you’ll enter a ‘flow state.’ 'Screen' via www.shutterstock.com

What’s behind TV bingeing’s bad rap?

Don't listen to the headlines linking binge watching to depression and loneliness. It can be a positive experience – but only if we think of it as a good thing.
Children need to learn how to sound out words they haven’t seen before. from www.shutterstock.com

Why do we need a phonics test for six-year-olds?

Many young children can give the false impression that they are learning to read, when in fact they are mostly guessing words from pictures or context. This test will help to identify these students.
Phonics helps teach children how to merge separate sounds together to make it one word. from www.shutterstock.com

Explainer: what is phonics and why is it important?

Phonics instruction gives children letter-sound knowledge, a skill that is essential for them to read unfamiliar words by themselves.
Australia has slipped further down the international rankings in maths, science and reading. from www.shutterstock.com

PISA results don’t look good, but before we panic let’s look at what we can learn from the latest test

Rather than leaping to conclusions about a failing education system, we need to look at what the data tells us about student performance at a state level to help us make more informed decisions.
A small percentage of children will need intensive instruction when being taught to read. Flickr/horrigans

How to teach literacy so no child is left behind

We need a clear plan in place to ensure that no child falls through the net. Such a plan needs to be both effective and cost-effective.
Watch out! Trigger warnings sign-post difficult material, giving the audience a chance to prepare. Mobilus In Mobili/Flickr

In praise of trigger warnings

In the fraught debate over trigger warnings in the university classroom, they are routinely associated with censorship and silencing. Yet for teachers, they can open up a discussion of difficult material – not suppress it.

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