The phrase “innovate or die” wasn’t coined without reason. Innovation is defined as ‘changing processes or creating more effective processes, products and ideas.’ Innovation in schools is essential in giving children an education that is relevant in our ever-changing world. Being innovative is not just inventing new things or bringing robots into the classroom, it’s adapting a classroom environment to deliver better teaching.
What happens on the sporting field doesn’t just stay on the sporting field. Through sport, boys are exposed to a variety of lessons that can be applied to everyday life and which will help your son to flourish. We’ve put together a list of five lessons learned through sport.
There is a real-life application to almost every form of mathematics. It doesn’t necessarily mean that every student will use every bit of maths they learn, but teachers and parents can show how elements of maths relate to the world we live in. Here are several ways to demonstrate how maths in everyday life applies to almost anything.
For many families, reading aloud to children is a much-loved part of the bedtime routine. But how long do you continue to read aloud to children? Once they become competent readers and start to enjoy reading independently, it’s natural to assume that we don’t need to read aloud as often.
Studies have shown that playing a musical instrument enhances a boy’s education in many ways, from sharpening their fine motor skills and facilitating their emotional and behavioural development to improving literacy and even numeracy.
To be literate, is to be capable of listening, reading, viewing, speaking, writing, and using and modifying language for different purposes in a range of different contexts. Students develop literacy skills as they learn to use language confidently to communicate inside and outside of school. Developing literacy skills is about more than just gaining knowledge – it is about students becoming effective learners who are confident and motivated to use their communication skills broadly. We’ve put together a list of fun ways to help your child develop literacy skills.
Homework plays an essential role in education but can have a significant impact on families. It can be difficult for parents to navigate the issue of how involved they need to be in their child’s homework commitments. The age of a child will invariably determine the level of parental involvement required. However, it is vital to remember that homework is intended for students to do by themselves.
Director of education and outreach at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Mary Mulcahy, said we use maths every day as an integral part of our lives — whether we realise it or not. Maths is critical in our day-to-day lives and many jobs rely on it. Facebook and Instagram for instance rely on mathematical algorithms. Further, Ms Mulcahy said, “Studies have also shown that people with science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills are more flexible and creative and will be able to take advantage of a changing workplace and new jobs.” Developing skills in mathematics and problem solving is important for all students, regardless of their career aspirations.
The impact a good teacher has on a student should not be underestimated. An effective teacher does more than just help a student succeed in their learning for a particular subject or school year – they can also have a life-long impact and can set a student up for success in the long term. Here’s our list of what makes a good teacher:
As a parent, there are many ways in which you can support your children at school, including meeting staff and teachers, attending school assemblies, helping out at school events and being part of the Parents and Friends (P&F) group, sometimes known as Parents and Citizens (P&C).