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Maths Methods leads to more careers

Which maths? Methods, Specialist or General?

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Which maths? Short answer: Methods We say students should have Mathematical Methods as their default expectation, and aspire to it from early on. (Formerly equivalent to Maths B.) In Year 10, students choose which maths subjects to study in Years 11 and 12 for their QCE. But the road to Maths Methods starts years before

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Procrastination…

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Guilty pleasure I guarantee you’ve more than once suppressed that slippery guilt that comes with putting off today what could be done tomorrow. And you have no idea how long this topic has been on my own to-do list! (This is a long one, but we cover a LOT of good stuff.) So it’s not

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Feeling ‘in control’ of the school journey

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When driving a car, we have learned not to focus on the road immediately in front of the vehicle. Otherwise we have no time to react to hazards. So, we focus on the road well ahead and avoid the hazards by making subtle adjustments early. School content is the road racing towards us. There will

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Keep Calm and NAPLAN

Keep Calm and NAPLAN

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In May, Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 students will sit the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) test. While the data might but put to good use, the overemphasis routinely placed on these tests defeats the point. It would be valuable to have an accurate measure of schools’ and students’ performance in

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Test results are not everything

School marks for written tasks

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Dan Blore is Manager and Educator at Extended Learning Centres, Mooloolaba If you notice that your secondary students are given marks for English or other written assessments which seem below the standard of work submitted, we recommend that you make a point of politely contacting your school for some objective feedback on why. Without your

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Open-ended, problem-solving maths assignments

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New open-ended maths focus in Queensland schools needs students to think differently Thanks to the spike in anxiety levels of Years 7 to 10 children, many parents are suddenly aware of the shifting school maths curriculum. It’s moving away from: Clear tasks with a well-defined procedure from start to end, with one expected right-or-wrong answer,

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Mathematical Methods General maths specialist maths explained

New QCE Maths Subjects Explained

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New Senior Maths Subjects Explanation  – as briefly as possible – 2020 update In Year 10, students select which mathematics subject/s to study in Years 11 and 12 for their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). Year 11s in 2019 were the first Queensland students to start the new maths subjects, which are Queensland’s implementation of

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Study Like a Champion – Part 3

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Pro tips to train for success at school like you train for sport Part 3 of 4 4. Train Regularly Like a gym/training regime for your body, your mind will improve best if you commit to an effective study plan. Put it on paper, keep it on the wall, and stick to it closely. Once

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Study Like a Champion – Part 2

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Pro tips to train for success at school like you train for sport Part 2 of 4 2. Practice and self-reflection Like analysing game footage, make notes on what you just learned. Keep them neat and concise, yet detailed. Making the notes helps organise the knowledge in your brain. And it gives you something to

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Study Like a Champion – Part 1

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Pro tips to train for success at school like you train for sport Part 1 of 4 Try these five simple tips from top Year 12 students and print our checklist to track your progress. You take your sport seriously, right? Well, tackling Years 11 and 12 as a pro is like an athlete conditioning

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