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Why there’s hope for your “reluctant student”

Why there’s hope for your “reluctant student”

If you're doing daily battle with a reluctant student, today's guest writer will be like a breath of fresh air for you. It's a personal story about how Elizabeth Noske, self- confessed reluctant student, scraped her way through to become a lifelong learner. The...

What if learners could harness the power of flow?

What if learners could harness the power of flow?

Can education harness the power of flow to increase student engagement? By Simon McCallum, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington; Edward Schofield, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria University of Wellington, and Stephen Dobson, Te Herenga Waka — Victoria...

FFS: It’s okay if your child isn’t engaged with school right now

FFS: It’s okay if your child isn’t engaged with school right now

Did you see the viral letter from the Blacktown LGA principal's office? It's been doing the rounds for good reason. It's a huge dose of common sense in the middle of what feels like the most nonsensical time ever. I think it resonated with so many parents because it...

Adaptability is a key life skill that all kids can develop

Adaptability is a key life skill that all kids can develop

Students who are more adaptable do best in online learning – and fortunately it’s a skill we can teach. Here's how to help your child develop adaptability. by Andrew J. Martin, UNSW; Rebecca J Collie, UNSW, and Robin P. Nagy, UNSW The speed and scale of the shift to...

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

What Olympic athletes can teach our kids about mental strength

Olympians are often seen as the epitome of human performance, with incredible physical and mental strength. And with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games well underway, it’s hard to not be impressed by the sheer talent and determination of athletes competing from all over the...

6 myths about Year 11 and 12 subject selections

6 myths about Year 11 and 12 subject selections

From about August each year, students in year 10 go through a round of interviews to close in on their subject selections for years 11 and 12. They're given a portfolio full of reading materials. They may also attend vibrant careers markets to get helpful information....

Steiner schools are good for creativity, capability and resilience

Steiner schools are good for creativity, capability and resilience

Steiner schools are a popular choice of alternative schooling in Australia, with more than 40 schools country-wide. Along with other alternatives to mainstream schooling, Australia seems to be pursuing an agenda of educational choice, similar to that in the UK and US....

What exactly does it take to become a professional gamer?

What exactly does it take to become a professional gamer?

There are plenty of frustrated parents out there who are tired of hearing their child grunt 'professional gamer' whenever they are asked about future ambitions. Pro gamer? Is that even a thing? Or is wanting to become a professional gamer simply an excuse to play...

5 common screen time issues and how to solve them

5 common screen time issues and how to solve them

TVs, gaming consoles, tablets, phones and the screen time issues they throw up in our families would have to be the Achilles heel of modern parenting. I'd hazard a guess that various screen time issues are the biggest reasons for fights between parents and teens and...

We talk to Yumi Stynes about ‘Welcome to Consent’

We talk to Yumi Stynes about ‘Welcome to Consent’

Welcome to consent! Have you had the consent talk with your teen yet? It's very, very important that you do: click here to find out all the reasons why. To further help you along, Yumi Stynes and Dr Melissa Kang (of Welcome to Your Period fame) have just released...

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Parenting teens is hard. So f*cking hard. But it's also delightful. Sometimes I'm so deep in the hard times that I forget about the soft moments. That buried under the knee-deep clothes on the floor, the defiance, the backtalk and 'the face' (parents of teens will...

50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

50+ of the best Christmas gifts for tweens of all ages

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