Semester 2 2016

In this edition, the JPL introduces the new K-6 Geography syllabus and a framework for teaching writing in Science, as well as advice on playing with music in all primary classrooms; the role of the modern teacher-librarian is explored; and how to prepare a toolbox to improve teaching time when moving between several classrooms in a day. This semester also draws together some big ideas about teaching, with Lawrence Ingvarson making the case for what is needed to attract and retain the best and brightest in our system and Penny Russell reflecting on her passion for history and teaching. Peter Johnson gets to the pointy end of devolution with a word of caution for principals and our system.

For your Classroom

The Music of Our Classrooms

Graham Sattler celebrates the joy of music.  Dr Graham Sattler Music in the Classroom from NSW Teachers Federation on Vimeo....

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Toolbox for a Good Day at School

Lloyd Bowen packs his toolbox for moving between classrooms and keeping the focus on learning… Teaching feels just right when...

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Science, Writing and New Dimensions

Jim Sturgiss helps to improve writing in Science classrooms… Writing is subject-specific. Writing is not speech written down. Writing has...

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For your Future

Attracting the Best and Brightest

Lawrence Ingvarson explains why it is time to lift university entry standards…   As the smoke clears in the ATAR...

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Just Be Careful Out There…

Peter Johnson reveals some dangers of decentralisation for principals and schools… The devolution of operational decisions to principals and their...

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For your Staffroom

The Making of a Teacher: My Love Affair with History

Penny Russell reflects on what she loves about history before she takes up her new post at Harvard University… I...

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Books and Other Conversations in the Library

Martin Gray reflects on the role of the modern Teacher-Librarian… Libraries have never been places only about books; they are...

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And Now That You Teach Geography!

Lorraine Chaffer takes us through the Geography K-6 syllabus which becomes mandatory in 2017… The NSW syllabuses for Geography K-10...

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