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Education follows enjoyment

I had Year 7 Parent-Teacher night tonight.  It’s early in the year; starting this year we have two Year 7 PT nights, which I fully support. Year 7 parents just want to know their child is settling in well and … Continue reading

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Gonski report

Apparently the following is a quote from the Gonski report into Australian government funding of school education across all sectors, released yesterday after 18 months and 7000 submissions. Every child should have access to the best possible education, regardless of … Continue reading

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The first topic they meet in high school

Like most calendar years, I am teaching Year 7 in 2012.  The first topic they encounter is “Whole Numbers”, which includes: understanding the Hindu-Arabic number system, in part by comparing it to others place value and expanded notation () the … Continue reading

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End of 2011

I absolutely love teaching, but I also love reaching the end of the year and having a seven-week break.  Boy oh boy do I deserve it!  Looking forward to a new challenge in 2012: teaching the Extension course.

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Building rapport

Early this week a Year 11 student thanked me for being an awesome teacher.  She came top of the class and was grateful for the support I’ve provided throughout the year. The next day another student from the same class … Continue reading

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Graduation Dinner 2011

Whenever I have a Year 12 class I attend the Graduation Dinner in the last week of Term 3. Well, that was last night. One of my students has trace amounts of Aboriginal blood and consequently has been engaged in … Continue reading

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Features of a good maths teacher

Cathy Attard at the University of Western Sydney wrote (Oct 2010) about a longitudinal study of maths students and their perceptions of good teaching.  I summarise this list for future reference. A good maths teacher, apparently: is passionate about teaching … Continue reading

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