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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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New QCE Maths Subjects Explained

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New Senior Maths Subjects Explanation  – as briefly as possible – 2019 update In Year 10, students select from three ‘General’ mathematics subjects (General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods and Specialist Mathematics) to study in Years 11 and 12. Prior to 2019, the maths subjects were called Mathematics A, B and C, respectively. ‘General’ subjects can count

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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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Writing Tools

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Quick reference page for our favourite websites to help you punch-up your essays, speeches, articles and stories. Not only helpful for English, but any subject with written tasks. Keep in mind that these are just tools – you have to use your own judgement about whether to follow their suggestions. Our favourite Thesaurus Make your writing more interesting

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

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2018 Update: With the transition from OP to ATAR, the names of Queensland maths subjects are also changing to match Victoria: Maths A – General Mathematics Maths B – Mathematical Methods Maths C – Specialist Mathematics “Lock in B, Eddie!” We say students should have Mathematics B as their default expectation, and aspire to it from

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Maths Streaming – best strategies for individuals

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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

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