ELC Blog
maths b leads to more careers

Mathematics A, B or C – which should my child study?

  • 0 comments

 “Lock in B, Eddie!” We say students should have Mathematics B as their default expectation, and aspire to it from early on. In Year 10, students choose which maths subjects to study in year 11 and 12 for their QCE. But the road to Maths B starts years before then. Keep options open. Predicating the

Read more
maths streaming

Maths Streaming – best strategies for individuals

  • 0 comments

Your child should be aiming to be towards the head of the pack in mathematics from early on. The later it’s left, the harder it is to catch up. Some schools start ‘streaming’ students into higher- and lower-level mathematics groups way before they start actively talking about career pathways. This presupposes that students in lower

Read more
Parallel Box Plot example

How to make Parallel Box and Whisker Plots

  • 0 comments

What is a box and whisker plot? Box and Whisker Plots, or just Box Plots, are a graphical summary of data spread (dispersion) and central tendency. Here’s a quick explanation of why box and whisker plots are useful. All box plots show (from left to right): Minimum First/Lower Quartile/Q1 Median, aka Middle/Second Quartile/Q2 Third/Upper Quartile/Q3 Maximum These

Read more

Students’ potential shouldn’t be limited by their year level

  • 0 comments

Most students who present to Extended Learning Centres are ready for concepts above their year level. In many cases, WAY beyond their year level. Maths expectations at school are too low, largely because Queensland’s year levels have been “elongated” rather than updated. At ELC, because we teach individuals, not classes, not year levels, we can: target students’ needs,

Read more

Education Queensland 2017 curriculum changes

  • 0 comments

Streamlined plans for schools to focus on what’s important, hopefully. Queensland has released condensed unit plans for Maths and English, updating the current bloated, impossible, ineffective syllabus. Thank goodness! Teachers have been reporting that there is not time to adequately cover the mass of content. The sheer number of topics means little time for revision

Read more
Test results are not everything

Learning Ahead vs. Latest Test Results – the bigger picture

  • 0 comments

By Dan Blore, Educator The best way of effecting long-term student success is to expose students to curriculum ahead of school. When working towards a student’s future, we always take into account the bigger picture and the long-term. This goes to the core of what we do. Over-emphasising test scores Following the dominant school narrative, parents

Read more
Girl anxious during test

What is the point of assessment?

  • 0 comments

By Dan Blore, Educator Have you ever asked yourself, “What is the point of assessment?” Great teachers ask themselves that constantly. Jump to 5-minute video explanation of Formative and Summative assessments. As an adult, when is the last time you took an exam? We expect school to prepare children for a happy, constructive, successful adulthood

Read more
Psychology of effective learning, connectivity, confidence

Psychology of Effective Learning

  • 0 comments

By Leo Blore, Principal Great learning requires two vital elements. The bucket of self-belief and the bucket of academics. The bucket of academics will never hold if the bucket of self-belief is not filled. This is the psychology of learning. Every teacher MUST be conscious of it and use it to connect with their students.

Read more
Teaching maths in advance

Teaching Students Maths in Advance

  • 0 comments

By Leo Blore, Principal Teaching of maths concepts to students in schools is like being taught how to ride a horse over several years where the learner never gets to ride the horse until the last year. In the first year you can pat the horse, in the second year touch the bridle. Slow, disjointed,

Read more
Postcard from ex-student January 2015 - Roma, L'Arco di Costantino Blog header

ELC Students Look Back and Thank Us

  • 0 comments

We appreciate all the thanks we receive – from parents, yes, but even more so from students. We were particularly touched to find one day in the post box a sentimental anonymous postcard and poem from a former student (see below). It’s about our students’ future We love hearing about the future adventures of our students and

Read more