Research shows plenty of people think about becoming teachers. We also know mid-career teachers’ expectations don’t match reality once they make it to the classroom.
Simply setting aside time for collaboration doesn’t always lead to better outcomes for teachers or students. Effective collaboration requires skilful leadership and a common language.
An expert panel has just released a discussion paper on reform in initial teacher education, ahead of a final report in June 2023.
Analysing two major studies, researchers found it did not matter if teachers had less than one year of experience or had spent 25 years in the classroom – they delivered the same quality of teaching.
Two teacher educators look at how we can keep students in teaching degrees. Reimbursing them for professional placements in schools would be a start.
‘Parent council meetings’ need a name change to represent the wider spectrum of families and kinship invested in children and youth.
As a researcher focussed on African, Afro-Caribbean and Black families’ schooling experiences, I appeal to school staff to understand the importance of the school-family-community partnership.
Feeling nostalgic isn’t proof of how things used to be.
Childhood wasn’t more ‘innocent’ or ‘natural’ before digital technologies or the pandemic.
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The 2022 election campaign has not exactly been a policy fest. And one critical area we have heard very little about is schools.
Teachers with traditional certifications are more likely to continue teaching than those with alternative certifications.
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Teachers who take alternative routes to being certified tend to leave their positions sooner than educators who go through colleges of education, new research shows.
Teaching graduates must have spent time training in schools for the day they take charge of their own classes. But the past two years have laid bare the system’s failings.
Many teachers want to lead outdoor learning, but face barriers.
Some school districts now accept year-long consent forms in which guardians can consent for children to participate in neighbourhood walks at any time in the school year.
Protesters march to Parliament Hill in Ottawa in response to the discovery of unmarked Indigenous graves at residential schools on July 1, 2021.
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It is important for people who are part of educational institutions to honour the year-round significance of the new National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30.
An upside down maple leaf is tucked behind a plaque as people gather on Parliament Hill in Ottawa at a rally to honour the lives lost to residential schools and demand justice for Indigenous peoples, on Canada Day, July 1, 2021.
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Considering our relationships to stories about the past and looking at learning as a process of encounter can help Canadians to become better treaty partners.
Kenyan teacher Ayub Mohamed giving a lesson in the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh.
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What Kenya should focus on is providing in-service professional development to improve student learning outcomes.
Improving initial teacher education is a long-term strategy. It won’t achieve the education minister’s goal of getting Australia to the top-performing nations in maths and literacy by 2030.
During 2020, we saw the traditional classroom all but disappear. We can expect education to face other types of disruption. In an uncertain future, teachers need more than classroom-readiness.
Demand is high for teachers with expertise in STEM subjects like maths. But students also deserve expert English, history, civics or geography teachers. Maybe your favourite teacher did an arts degree.
The vast majority of K-12 teachers are white.
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Instilling a positive sense of ethnic and racial identity and belonging can help children learn.
Teachers have never been more appreciated than during COVID-19. But neither expressions of support, nor cheaper degrees will overcome the four big structural challenges facing the profession.
Student teachers need to pass a test to put them in the top 30% of Australia’s literacy and numeracy abilities. This test costs more money than some students have and can be discriminatory.