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Archive for August 2018

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Teachers making extra money from the Internet 
buzzfeednews.com, 31 Aug 2018

US flagSome teachers are making far more than their teacher's salary by selling their lesson materials through Teachers Pay Teachers and by making recommendations on Instagram.

Recruitment of school farm teachers begins 
Tas Govt media release, 31 Aug 2018

LambThe state government has begun recruiting more school farm teachers including a statewide controller and three network leaders ready for the start of Term 4, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today.


No funding to prevent assaults 
stuff.co.nz, 29 Aug 2018

New Zealand flagA New Zealand school that had excluded a student with a long history of behavioural problems has been ordered to take him back but with no special funding support, meaning that while students with challenging learning needs receive special funding there is no funding for minders to prevent students with challenging behavioural problems from assaulting others in the school.


NAPLAN results released today 
ABC News, 28 Aug 2018

NAPLANThe 2018 scaled down NAPLAN results show little change from last year.

Bullet NAPLAN results flawed because of online change, ABC News, 27 Aug 2018
Bullet NAPLAN 2018 summary release, ACARA website
Bullet NAPLAN 2018 preliminary results tables, ACARA website
Bullet A few weeks late but otherwise little change, The Conversation (opinion), 28 Aug 2018
Bullet Dates: Assessment activities 2018, ACARA website
Bullet Why can students perform better in online NAPLAN tests?, ABC News, 28 Aug 2018
Bullet Tasmanian NAPLAN results improvement, Jeremy Rockliff, Minister for Education and Training, 28 Aug 2018
Bullet Year 9 writing disappointment in Tasmania, The Examiner, 28 Aug 2018


'Stone Age' out of date 
The Conversation (opinion by Alice Gorman), 27 Aug 2018
Stone Age (Image: The Conversation/Shutterstock/iuii)

Australian archaeologists no longer refer to past Aboriginal cultures as 'Stone Age' because the archaeologists no longer assume stone working skills are evidence of primitive societies.


Settlement question needs to be settled 
The Conversation (opinion by Henry Reynolds), 27 Aug 2018
Aboriginal flagIn the early settlement of Australia, the British government made all Aboriginals British citizens, but British citizens cannot have their land or other property seized by their government without due process or compensation...


Portfolios announced 
ABC News, 26 Aug 2018
Scott Morrison (Image: ABC News)Dan TehanThe new Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, has announced his Ministerial lineup.

Bullet Former social services minister Dan Tehan
replaces Simon Birmingham as Minister for Education..

Bullet Turnbull to resign from Parliament this week, triggering a by-election, ABC News, 27 Aug 2018


Julie Bishop resigns 
ABC News, 26 Aug 2018
Julie BishopFormer Deputy Liberal leader Julie Bishop has resigned as Foreign Minister but will remain an MP, at least for the time being...
Bullet Julie Bishop to contest next election, ABC News, 1 Sep 2018


Scott Morrison becomes Prime Minister 
ABC News, 24 Aug 2018
Scott Morrison (Image: ABC News)Josh Frydenberg (Image: ABC News)Treasurer Scott Morrison is Australia's new Prime Minister having defeated Peter Dutton and Julie Bishop for the position of Liberal Party leader.
Josh Frydenberg has won the ballot for deputy leader of the Liberal Party



Review of intake areas 
Tas Govt media release, 23 Aug 2018
Tas GovernmentFeedback from the community over Tasmanian government school intake areas is being sought, education minister Jeremy Rockliff said today...

Bullet Review of School Intake Areas: Government Primary and Combined Schools, DoE website


ADHD girls overlooked 
The Conversation (opinion by Florence Mowlem), 23 Aug 2018
Teen girl (Image: Clipart - Vector Toons)Girls with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder are more likely to have the barely detectable inattentive-type symptoms than the attention-grabbing disruptive-type symptoms that are typical of boys with ADHD, a PhD candidate writes...


TURNBULL VIRTUALLY GONE: But Dutton takeover not assured 
ABC News, 23 Aug 2018
Peter DuttonMany ministers including Mathias Cormann now support Peter Dutton for leader.

Treasurer Scott Morrison and Deputy Liberal Party leader Julie Bishop have announced that they, too, will now run for the leadership of the Parliamentary Liberal Party.
Scott Morrison (Image: ABC News)Julie Bishop
Malcolm Turnbull says he will call a party meeting at 12 noon tomorrow (Friday) if he sees the names of the apparent 43 members who support a spill. (Dutton's camp claimed they had 40 as at 5.50pm today, Thursday.)

However, Peter Dutton's eligibility to sit as an MP is under a cloud over his financial interest in child care centres that receive government funding: the Solicitor-General's view on this is expected first thing tomorrow.


Turnbull narrowly survives leadership spill 
ABC News, 21 Aug 2018
Malcolm TurnbullPeter Dutton

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has survived a leadership spill against Peter Dutton, 48 votes to 35.
UPDATE: Peter Dutton has resigned from the front bench. Nine others have either resigned or offered their resignations.
COMMENT: Turmoil looms.


Awards finalists announced 
Tas Govt media release, 19 Aug 2018
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff has named the 36 finalists for the Together We Inspire Awards 2018 ...


Final Solution book coverAUSTRALIAN POLITICS
Nazism and Australia today 
The Conversation (opinion by Matt Fitzpatrick), 18 Aug 2018
Precisely why is the term "final solution" offensive? Can certain groups in Australia be categorised as fascists and Nazis? Can offshore detention centres be described as "concentration camps"?...


Kofi Annan dies 
ABC News, 18 Aug 2018
Kofi Anna, the first black African secretary-general of the United Nations, has died at the age of 80...


Aretha FranklinTHE ARTS
Aretha Franklin's Tasmanian link 
The Conversation (opinion by Andrew Legg), 17 Aug 2018
UTAS Conservatorium of Music's Andrew Legg recalls the time 25 years ago he played the piano for and was shown hospitality by America's Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, who died this week aged 76...


Ken Hayne, Royal CommissionerFINANCIAL LITERACY
Teach future consumers what questions to ask 
The Conversation (opinion), 17 Aug 2018
The Financial Services Royal Commission is revealing a need for more financial literacy education by schools, VET and universities, three academics write...


The Orb launched  
Tas Govt media release, 15 Aug 2018
Aboriginal flagThe teaching of Tasmanian Aboriginal histories and cultures will be made easier with today's launch of a collection of online resources called The Orb...

Bullet The Orb website
Bullet Bringing Aboriginal culture to life in the classroom, ABC News, 16 Aug 2018


It's all over. The following warnings no longer apply.
Winds of 100km/h today
BoM, 15 Aug 2018
WindPredicted maximum wind gusts for this afternoon have been reduced from 120km/h to 100km/h, for all areas except the south-east coast fringe. Abnormally high tides on the north coast are also expected...
Bullet BoM warnings
Power outages
Bullet Road closures (Police)
Bullet SES

Bullet Thousands without power, ABC News, 15 Aug 2018


Students with computersCOMPUTERS IN THE CLASSROOM
Teachers' eternal computer burden  
The Conversation (opinion by Brendon Hyndman), 14 Aug 2018
The huge number of reasons teachers may find it hard to use computers in the classroom could disadvantage their students, an academic writes...


Opportunity lost
The Conversation (opinion), 14 Aug 2018
The potential for digital tools to enhance children's homework experiences, particularly in maths, is not being exploited to the full, three academics write...


Early childhoodEARLY LEARNING
Boosting spatial skills
The Conversation (opinion by  Kym Simoncini and Tracy Logan), 13 Aug 2018
Young children's spatial reasoning skills can be improved with several simple activities...


Teacher's career destroyed
PerthNow, 12 Aug 2018
A Perth (WA) teacher was falsely accused of manhandling an out-of-control student but he still lost his career.

Concern over teaching entrants' low ATARs
9news.com.au, 12 Aug 2018
Two students admitted to teaching courses in Victoria had ATARs of 17.9 and 22.1 respectively out of a possible 99.95, although these cases appear to be exceptions to the current standard cut-off of 65 (which is set to be raised to 70 next year).


Meningococcal update
Tas Govt media release, 11 Aug 2018
Meningococcal disease
Meningococcal ACWY vaccines are now available through pharmacies, GPs and local government. Another special clinic will operate at the Derwent Entertainment Centre next weekend (18 and 19 August - bookings required). Special clinics will operate in the north and north west in October.
Bullet Meningococcal disease fact sheet, DHHS Tas
Bullet Bookings open for second meningococcal clinic, Tas Govt media release, 15 Aug 2018


Bold new trial uses speed-reading
BBC News, 10 Aug 2018
BBC Speed reading smartwatch
A speed-reading experiment by BBC News to cater for the tiny screens of smartwatches presents the news one word at a time in one spot instead of requiring the traditional left-to-right eye movement.


STEM excellence to be recognised
Tas Govt media release, 10 Aug 2018
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Tasmanian STEM Awards for Excellence which include awards for a primary years teacher and a secondary years teacher..


The following warnings no longer apply
Winds and tides warning
BoM, 10 Aug 2018
A severe weather warning has been issued for damaging winds today for all of Tasmania apart from the northern coastal area, as well as abnormally high tides in the south east...

Cressy closed due to power outage
DoE website, 8 Aug 2018
Northern TasmaniaCressy District High School has been closed until tomorrow (Thursday 9 August) due to a power outage. However, the power was restored by lunch time today (Wednesday).

Bullet Cressy District High School Facebook page
Bullet Cressy power outage hits 400-plus customers, The Examiner, 8 Aug 2018
Bullet Power outages, TasNetworks

NAPLAN validity questioned
ABC News, 8 Aug 2018
NAPLANThe release of the latest NAPLAN results has been delayed over concerns about the validity of a testing program that combines online and paper-and-pencil test data...

Bullet Storm in a teacup, The Conversation, 14 Aug 2018


Swearing offensive
The Independent (UK), 7 Aug 2018
UK flagA UK neuroscientist is undertaking a campaign to urge parents to teach their children to swear from as young as two...


WIN News shock
ABC News, 7 Aug 2018
WIN News
WIN News staff have been told their weeknight television bulletins will be provided by the WIN Wollongong office from Friday 17 August and that their weekend bulletins will be axed altogether...


Social media restrictions for public servants
ABC News, 7 Aug 2018
SmileyfaceSmileyface angry
Teachers and other public servants will have to be careful what they say online under proposed new social media guidelines...

Bullet Premier promises common sense policy, Tas Govt media release, 8 Aug 2018


RelationshipsSEX EDUCATION
Diversity call
The Conversation (opinion by David Rhodes), 7 Aug 2018
Australian sex education teachers should adopt the English approach and incorporate more sexual and gender diversity in lessons, an education lecturer says...


250 teachers declared
Tas Govt media release, 6 Aug 2018
Education minister Jeremy Rockliff has signed the Quality Teaching Declaration which will see 250 more teachers employed...


Make STEAM with the Arts
ABC News, 5 Aug 2018
Creativity and the arts are as essential as mathematics and other STEM subjects, Tasmanian of the Year Scott Rankin says...


Queensland's Indigenous Year 12 miracle
ABC News, 3 Aug 2018
Aboriginal flagQueensland Year 12 completion certificates have been received by 97.2 per cent of Indigenous students, almost level with the 98.1 per cent achievement rate for non-Indigenous students, a budget estimates hearing has been told...


WW1 essay competition reminder
Tas Govt media release, 3 Aug 2018
Entries by grade 9 students for the Frank MacDonald Memorial Prize are due by Friday 24 August, Minister for Veterans' Affairs Guy Barnett says...


Sixth meningococcal case has Y strain
The Examiner, 3 Aug 2018
Meningococcal disease
A 66-year-old Claremont man is the sixth case of meningococcal disease this year, but unlike the others he has the Y strain.
Bullet Meningococcal disease fact sheet, DHHS Tas
Bullet Sixth meningococcal case confirmed, ABC News, 3 Aug 2018
Bullet Meningococcal update, Tas Govt media release, 6 Aug 2018

Nationwide school smartphone ban
ABC News, 2 Aug 2018
French flag
A new French law will ban students up to the age of 15 from using smartphones, smartwatches and tablets in schools from next month ...


Two per cent pay offer
Tas Govt media release, 2 Aug 2018
The state government has made an offer to public sector unions that includes a 2 per cent pay rise for three years...

Bullet Unions fight 2 per cent pay offer after seven years of wage restraint, AEU (Tas) website, 3 Aug 2018
Bullet Cost to the Budget is $110,000 per public servant, Tas Govt media release, 8 Aug 2018


Unqualified push
AEU (Federal), 2 Aug 2018
A plan by the federal government to recruit experienced but unqualified adults to learn to be teachers while on the job has been criticised by the AEU...


National principals' leader
Tas Govt media release, 1 Aug 2018
The president of the Tasmanian Principals Association, Malcolm Elliott, is to become president of the Australian Primary Principals Association...






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