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

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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,

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Education Queensland 2017 curriculum changes

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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

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Test results are not everything

Learning Ahead vs. Latest Test Results – the bigger picture

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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 sometimes don’t realise that they

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What is the point of assessment?

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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 Jump to 2-minute video: Judging good Good Assessment As an adult, when is the last time you took an exam? We expect school to

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Psychology of effective learning, connectivity, confidence

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 2020 Update: With the transition from OP to ATAR, the names and structure of Queensland senior maths subjects changed. The below information is still generally applicable if you change the subject names: Maths A – General Mathematics Maths B – Mathematical Methods Maths C – Specialist

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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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