My friend with three teenagers describes their daily food intake equivalent to that of a Sumo wrestling team. And we’ve all witnessed the spectacle, or the ensuing debris, of a teen’s after school foraging through the kitchen in search of sustenance. It could make a great mock-u-mentary narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
University Open Days: Tips for Planning with your Student
August is fast approaching and that signals the start of Open Day Season. Open days are a great opportunity to explore the possibilities of further education and experience the culture of the school. It’s never too soon to start attending open days. I recommend starting in year 10 as it can help students focus for… Read More
Group Work Builds the Skill of Collaboration
Group work in high school builds the generic skill of learning to work effectively as part of a team. Collaboration is a real life skill and up until now it’s most likely that their entire exposure to true collaboration has been on the sporting field, performance or through scouts. Learning intellectual collaboration takes time and… Read More
Every student wants to get better results
It’s a universal truth, every student that I’ve ever met wants to do better. Unfortunately we don’t teach them how to do better. Improvement in anything requires feedback, reflection on that feedback and then action. Assessment is the main form of feedback that students get. In primary school this consists of tests that focus in… Read More
Why won’t they let me help with the homework?
One of the most common complaints that I hear from parents and carers, is that their HSC student no longer let’s them “help” them with their homework. Now when you offer assistance all you get is your head bitten off or an eye roll that you can hear – and this hurts your feelings. You… Read More