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Organisation the key for collaborative, calm teaching

Teacher writing in his planner

Teachers manage a dizzying list of tasks, obligations and interruptions, with up to thirty-five students chattering, emoting, and needing things. Organisation is at the heart of what separates the self-assured smooth operator from the mere mortality of a fraught teacher.

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School News Term 4 issue out now

I wondered if the wisdom, innovation and insight within our inaugural issue could be matched, but the fascinating minds of education industry stakeholders seem replete with fresh ideas and stories to share. A Perth school dubbed the ‘greenest school in Australia’ addresses cross curriculum priorities through sustainable social practice - stretching the fingers of their ‘social handprint’ to provide safe solar lighting for women in developing countries. In this terms 'Principal Speaks', Marilyn Smith of Preshil School renovates an assessment of a community depleted by a leader lost, to reveal a school with vision, collective spirit and the courage to innovate for the present. We tune into the tertiary sector on teacher training, and visionary approaches that push the boundaries of the very definition of ‘learning space’. As mental health concerns grow for young people, so do systems of support and programs that protect vulnerable young people from the media’s undermining effect on body image. Teenage suicide, extra counselling for families going through exams, anxiety, depression; just a necessary part of growing up, or a touch of insanity? We hear from Beautiful Failures author, Lucy Clark, about pressure, parent-teacher relations and the pitfalls of “the quest for success”. Amid the maelstrom of teenage angst, a teacher can be a beacon, a mentor and a friend. With some excitement, we publish our first winning student composition, celebrating an inspirational teacher. We thank our sponsors for $500 worth of precious books for the winner’s school library (see page 22 for details). We address school property and administration concerns with practical insights into managing communication and curriculum planning, cost-effective, energy efficient lighting, digital signage and storage solutions, safer flooring and more. Enjoy the passions and achievements of your colleagues, and profit from the collective knowledge within these pages, and until next time - noli cedere cognoscere (don’t stop learning).

The latest issue features the Coolbinia Primary, the ‘greenest school in Australia’; and insight into the collective Courage of Preshil School, visionary approaches to innovative learning spaces, mental health solutions and much more.

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School starting age not a Tasmanian election issue

young child goes to school with brother

Tasmanian education minister, Jeremy Rockliff says school starting age will not become an election issue. Controversy around the reforms will not go away, and despite continued protests from the early childhood sector, the Government is sticking by its reforms.

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