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Psychology of Effective Learning

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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. Having the right positive

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Teaching Students Maths in Advance

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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, boring, laborious with poor

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ELC Students Look Back and Thank Us

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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

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QCE Maths Subjects Explained

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Senior Maths Subjects Explanation  – as briefly as possible In Year 10, students select from three mathematics ‘Authority’ subjects (Mathematics A, Mathematics B and Mathematics C) to study in Years 11 and 12. Authority subjects count towards Overall Position (OP score, replaced by Australian Tertiary Admission Rank from 2018) for university admission straight from school.

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Descriptive Writing Tips – Specificity

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 “A guy walks into a bar and orders a drink.” This may paint a picture in a reader’s mind, but it’s pretty generic. It could be any guy, in any city. Good fiction should have the have the ring of authenticity to it. One way to convey authenticity is by including specific details. “A guy

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Succinct tips for great descriptive writing

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Succinct tips for great fictional or non-fictional descriptive writing – from Bruce Porter, journalism lecturer at Columbia College. See an example here of how to turn a boring opening sentence into an engaging description. 1. Don’t be literary or lyrical If it makes you feel like [a poet] inside you are probably being too self-conscious and that comes

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Holiday Homework?

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What maths should my child do during the summer holidays? Around this time of year, I’m asked this question. The answer changes by individual and by how they feel from day to day, but in most cases there’s no great need for structured maths learning to continue through holidays. “A holiday is as good as

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Wheat time-lapse – second video

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Many students have been waiting for this second time-lapse video that we made of the wheat growing in the ELC foyer. As a simple, fun learning experiment, we’ve been growing wheat at ELC for a month. It grows quite fast – we measured 25cm in 5 days – but that’s not quite fast enough to make

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Puberty – empathise with your teenager

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It’s that age and stage at which we all lose control of things a bit. When your child starts making strange decisions and overreacting to tiny things, remember: don’t take it personally, and don’t you overreact in return. In the big picture, these speed-bumps will be forgotten soon enough. Puberty varies between boys and girls,

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Wheat Timelapse Experiment – Learning is Fun

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  As a simple, fun learning experiment, we’ve been growing wheat at ELC this week. It grows quite fast – we measured 25cm in 5 days – but that’s not quite fast enough to make it very interesting to watch. So we set up an iPod to take 1 photo every 10 minutes for 4 days. When

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