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Not Grouping Students By Age

A collection of the most useful, tactical, and actionable information educators are using to help grow Australia’s education to the front line of the world. 1% at a time.


This is where the K2AV team does the ground work to find practical information that educators can apply, ponder, and discuss to move the needle 1% further . So here it is:

 

The one exercise educators are taking the time out for

  1. Self Compassion exercise from the School of Life. Educators typically fall into the highly self-critical category, being tough as nails on themselves. And if exercises and practices to lessen the voices of self-flagellation are not practised, then it is extremely unlikely they can be taught. Teaching this practice, as we all know, is imperative for a fruitful life.

 

Classroom website builders educators recommend

The two most recommended classroom website builders as they are easy to use, simple, and free (for basic requirements). Allowing teachers and students to create their own portfolios, develop an e-commerce platform, and/or showcase their work to the world are:
  1. Wix, and,
  2. Weebly for education.
Both with intuitive interfaces, lots of pre-built templates, drag and drop type scenarios, and powerful functionality for the advanced users. However for blog specific platforms –edublogsBlogger, and WordPress are the most recommended.

 

Most shared article on supporting young entrepreneurial types

“Reacting is giving your kid the rope. If your child is selling some kind of trading card in school, or setting up a lemonade stand and they’re only 8 years old, all you need to do is react to the fact that they’re already entrepreneurs and give them a lot of rope. What I mean by that is freedom, support, acknowledgement and building up as much steam behind those actions as you can.”

 

Most shared education video on Facebook

Some schools have stopped grouping kids by age — and it’s making a big difference. Essentially the Montessori method of education – the premise being, the only reason students were grouped by age was for efficiency of “knowledge transfer”. Classrooms should allow students of different age to collaborate promoting opportunities for tutoring, modelling others, eliminating the “normal” for a particular age, and greater autonomy.

 

An event WA educators are excited about

Eddie Woo at Curtin University on 2nd August 2018 on engaging students with mathematics. Named “Australia’s most famous teacher” – with a YouTube channel boasting 300,000+ subscribers, a finalist for top 10 teachers in the world, and awarded Australia’s Local Hero 2018 by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

P.S. Here’s a link to one question we’re asked most often “Is a normal everyday TV good enough for my classroom display?” – the answer is “most likely not.” As 58% of students in an average classroom can’t read from a 70″ screen. Use the 4-6-8 method described here to calculate the size display you need.

 

Some Inspo for the Week

 

 


We, K2AV, are the largest classroom technology provider to education in WA, our goal has been to help grow education in Australia to the frontline of the world. This newsletter, ourpodcast, our toolkits, and our book has been our means of sharing information that can help do that. Let us know what we could/should do better.

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