Drawing from the well – taking care of the care taker

As the end of the term draws to a close, you probably have one eye glued to the calendar as you will yourself into the holidays. Often at this stage of the year, fatigue is battling with the seemingly never ending lists of tasks to be completed – you’ve been working hard on reports, registers, …

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How can schools and parents balance screen-time and green-time? Part 3

As earlier stated, digital amputation is not a solution. Teaching our kids healthy media habits is critical. This requires action on behalf of schools, parents and health professionals, which in turn requires learning and upskilling because parents and educators are the first generation of raising and working with digital natives. Put simply, you don’t know …

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Why we need to teach kids to balance screen-time and green-time – Part 2

// Mind-wandering mode Time unplugged and in nature allows our students’ brains to enter what neuroscientists call ‘mind wandering mode’ which is also considered the ‘default mode’ of thinking. When our students are outdoors, they’re away from their screens (hopefully) and therefore they’re not processing the multitude of sensory input that screens offer (sounds, animations, …

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Why we must teach kids to balance their screen-time and green-time by Dr Kristy Goodwin

Our kids are experiencing digitalised childhoods. Their plugged-in childhoods are impacting their health, development and even the ways that they want and expect to learn. Technology is changing so many things about childhood and adolescence. For example, we now know that today’s kids are leading more sedentary lives and one of the reasons (it’s certainly …

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How will your school take action against bullying?

Bullying remains a complex and critical issue within schools, with 1 in 4 students reporting that they’ve been bullied on a regular basis. [pexyoutube pex_attr_src=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGY5eREAoPU” pex_attr_width=”760″][/pexyoutube] This infographic created from statistics from the Australian Covert Bullying Prevalence Study shows just what impact bullying is having on students in our schools.

How SAAFE are your PE lessons?

Although the health benefits of participating in regular physical activity are extensive, the majority of young Australians are not sufficiently active. The pandemic of ‘physical inactivity’ is not only influencing our health, but also our hip pocket, with global estimates suggesting in excess of US$50 billion is being spent on health care related to inactivity. …

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Improving performance in PDHPE and CAFS

Improving performance in both PDHPE and CAFS (and any other subject area) involves adopting a variety of different strategies to support and grow student learning. These strategies can be based around learning activities, groupings, types of assessment tasks, exam techniques or even feedback provided to students. Student feedback has been recognised as one of the …

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For students to flourish we must cherish teachers

“All young people are loved and safe, have material basics, are healthy, are learning and participating and have a positive sense of identity and culture.” This is the vision for the NEST action agenda – a national plan for child and youth wellbeing – for all Australia’s children. The Student Wellbeing Action Network (SWAN) was …

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