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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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“I don’t want tuition!”

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Daniel Blore is Manager and Educator at Extended Learning Centres, Mooloolaba So, your child isn’t keen on ‘tutoring’? I don’t blame them!!! Many kids have a negative preconception of tutoring based either on their own experience, “It’s a waste of my time,” or on the schoolyard stigma, “Tuition is for dumb kids.” On average, tuition

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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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Parallel Box Plot example

How to make Parallel Box and Whisker Plots

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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

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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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Teaching maths in advance

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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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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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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