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Why Did My Mentor Teacher Only Give Me A Credit?: The Lonely Task Of Grading Your Pre-Service Teacher, Beverly Christian, Peter Kilgour, Andrew Kilgour Jan 2012

Why Did My Mentor Teacher Only Give Me A Credit?: The Lonely Task Of Grading Your Pre-Service Teacher, Beverly Christian, Peter Kilgour, Andrew Kilgour

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

The placement of pre-service teachers in

schools to integrate theoretical learning with

practical experience is an integral component

of many tertiary education courses. Issues with

both the reliability and validity of assessment

grades in a workplace environment suggest

a call to strengthen the level of academic

rigour of these placements. In this study,

professional development lecturers in one

education program [Avondale College of Higher

Education, NSW] constructed a standardsbased

grading rubric designed to assist mentor

teachers assess the performance of pre-service

teachers. After implementation of the rubric

for two Professional Experience sessions,

mentor teachers were surveyed to assess the

effectiveness ...


Email From Asia, David Arthur Jan 2012

Email From Asia, David Arthur

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Boys’ Music Education: Using The Boy’S Music Ecosystem Model To Better Understand Successful Teaching Practices, Anita Collins Jan 2012

Boys’ Music Education: Using The Boy’S Music Ecosystem Model To Better Understand Successful Teaching Practices, Anita Collins

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

Experienced music educators rate their senior class of musicians by often using the terms exceptional, talented, average, limited, unremarkable or apathetic. This summative evaluation considers class size, academic results, willingness to participate in extra curricula musical activities or post secondary school career choices in the music industry. Such characterisation by teachers raises the question: To what extent does this determination depend on the individual traits of the students, their musical experiences or the personal influence of their music teachers? This pilot study examined this question by comparing six cohorts of senior musicians over the six years of their secondary school ...


Exploring Worldviews: A Framework, Barbara J. Fisher Jan 2012

Exploring Worldviews: A Framework, Barbara J. Fisher

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

In an educational environment where multicultural and multi-faith classrooms have become the norm, it is essential that teachers are aware of, and are knowledgeable about contemporary worldviews. This article provides a general framework for exploring a worldview—in terms of defining, analysing, developing, testing and refining it. As part of this process, several contemporary major worldviews—theism, pantheism and naturalism—are examined and compared, before some classroom implications are considered and conclusions drawn.


The 5 Levels Of Leadership: Proven Steps To Maximize Your Potential, Ray C. Roennfeldt Jan 2012

The 5 Levels Of Leadership: Proven Steps To Maximize Your Potential, Ray C. Roennfeldt

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Science Is Everywhere, Sandra Ludlow Jan 2012

Science Is Everywhere, Sandra Ludlow

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Can Leadership Help Teachers Deal With Change-Associated Challenges?, Andrew Matthes Jan 2012

Can Leadership Help Teachers Deal With Change-Associated Challenges?, Andrew Matthes

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

Life in the modern world is fast, complex,

uncertain and compressed. This presents new

problems and challenges for school systems

and the teachers who work in them (Fullan,

2005). The compression of time and space

create accelerated change; evidenced by

growing innovation, overload and intensification

in teachers’ work. It is undeniable that

teachers and principals in Australian schools,

increasingly, are expected to address an array of

social issues and societal problems previously

external to their professional domain (Mitchell

et al., 2002, p. 19). Furthermore, government

safety and welfare concerns have resulted in

new legislation and regulations, culminating in

additional levels ...


What Considerations Are Important For Fostering The Faith Development Of Senior Students? A Case Study Of Two Schools With Campus Churches, Alisha Christie, Beverly J. Christian Jan 2012

What Considerations Are Important For Fostering The Faith Development Of Senior Students? A Case Study Of Two Schools With Campus Churches, Alisha Christie, Beverly J. Christian

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

Campus churches, situated on school grounds, are growing in number within Christian education systems in Australia. In this relationship, the school partners with the campus church in providing a community of faith. This case study investigated senior students’ perceptions of the factors positively influencing their faith development at two K–12 Christian schools with campus churches. A review of the literature pointed to a strong connection between adolescent faith development and social context, but noted research gaps in the area of the school-church nexus. Data were gathered from senior students, school staff and campus church members, employing an emergent mixed-method ...


Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story: A Case Study Of An Alternative Pathway To Tertiary Studies, David Potter Jan 2012

Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story: A Case Study Of An Alternative Pathway To Tertiary Studies, David Potter

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

This case study responds to the debate over

‘toxic teachers’, tertiary entry ranking and

access to university. Implications for federal

and state policy are proposed. For 22 years

Avondale College of Higher Education has been

operating a tertiary pathway course designed

to widen access to higher education for nontraditional

applicants. The course, now known

as the Diploma of General Studies [DGS], has

been accredited as a 2-year higher education

sector diploma since 1995. Thus far, just over

1000 students have spent at least one semester

in the diploma. Not one has opted to complete

the diploma; instead students use it ...


New Perspectives On Anglican Education: Reconsidering Purpose And Plotting New Directions, Phil Fitzsimmons Jan 2012

New Perspectives On Anglican Education: Reconsidering Purpose And Plotting New Directions, Phil Fitzsimmons

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Visible Learning For Teachers: Maximising Impact On Learning, Cedric Greive Jan 2012

Visible Learning For Teachers: Maximising Impact On Learning, Cedric Greive

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Give Them Some Truth, James Standish Jan 2012

Give Them Some Truth, James Standish

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Eternal H&S Issues Jan 2012

Eternal H&S Issues

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Grey Matter Matters: Teaching Strategies For The Brain Compatible Classroom, Andrea Thompson Jan 2012

Grey Matter Matters: Teaching Strategies For The Brain Compatible Classroom, Andrea Thompson

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

The brain is extremely complex. The brain has

the amazing ability to reshape and reorganise

its neural networks, depending on increased or

decreased use, making it malleable or ‘plastic’.

This plasticity allows for incredible changes to

take place, which were once thought impossible.

This article explores current research in this

area and offers brain compatible strategies

that teachers can employ in the classroom to

make learning more efficient, to raise student

achievement, and to facilitate a healthy learning

environment.


Using Bendable And Rigid Manipulatives In Primary Mathematics: Is One More Effective Than The Other In Conceptualising 3d Objects From Their 2d Nets?, Jacqui L. Scott, Anton Selvaratnam, Lynden Rogers Jan 2012

Using Bendable And Rigid Manipulatives In Primary Mathematics: Is One More Effective Than The Other In Conceptualising 3d Objects From Their 2d Nets?, Jacqui L. Scott, Anton Selvaratnam, Lynden Rogers

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

The usefulness of manipulatives in the primary maths classroom has been frequently asserted. The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of two different types of manipulatives, bendable and rigid, as aids for the conceptualisation of 3D solids from 2D nets (fold-outs of solid geometrical shapes) within the NSW Stage 2 Mathematics Curriculum. Contrary to initial expectations, the bendable nets, although more attractive to pupils, did not prove superior to the rigid variety. In fact, the most noticeable advances in conceptualisation followed teaching experiences using the rigid nets. Although this was a preliminary study and the sample sizes ...


The School On The Rubbish Dump, Ken Weslake Jan 2012

The School On The Rubbish Dump, Ken Weslake

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


School And Home School, Rachel Rankin Jan 2012

School And Home School, Rachel Rankin

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


School Choice: What Motivates Parents, Peter Beamish, Peter Morey Jan 2012

School Choice: What Motivates Parents, Peter Beamish, Peter Morey

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

The educational system in Australia today is

radically different from the school systems of

the past. As Mark Porter (2010), Chairman of

the Independent schools Council of Australia

writes:

The expanding role of the federal government in

school education and the sustained growth of the

independent sector are major developments which

have influenced the nature of schooling in this

country. (p. 2)

The rise of the independent sector has given

parents choice when it comes to selecting a

school for their children. This increase in choice

has been accompanied by a change of focus in

Australian education. There has been ...


Connectedness: Bridging The Gap Between Values And Practice In Developing A Safe And Supportive School Community, Jerry Unser Jan 2012

Connectedness: Bridging The Gap Between Values And Practice In Developing A Safe And Supportive School Community, Jerry Unser

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

For the sake of this discussion, it is suggested

that there exists a paradox within the teaching

profession: one found in most schools. On one

hand educators know and believe that students

need role models and that almost every aspect

of teaching, even (or especially) including

discipline—is all about relationships. Yet on

the other hand we know that our school pays

us to teach—we’re not there to be a friend. The

teacher’s job is to teach and the student’s job

is to learn. Teachers acknowledge a duty of

pastoral care and that every student should ...


Editorial, Sherry J. Hattingh Jan 2012

Editorial, Sherry J. Hattingh

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


To Be Or Not To Be, Ella Smith Simmons Jan 2012

To Be Or Not To Be, Ella Smith Simmons

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

Be” is a fascinating word. It more than captures

the attention and rigorously stimulates the

imagination. It is everything to everyone all

the time, yet poses a formidable challenge to

be harnessed and presented in a meaningful

way. The word “be” is most often coupled with

“to” usually in a passive form. However, great

implications result when the action verb form

of “be” is used. This has to do with a conscious

identity of active being. The Biblical text,

Micah 6:8, “to act justly and to love mercy and

to walk humbly with your God” (NIV), clearly

emphasises the ...


The Intolerance Of Tolerance, Arnold Reye Jan 2012

The Intolerance Of Tolerance, Arnold Reye

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Email From Asia (September), David Arthur Jan 2012

Email From Asia (September), David Arthur

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Egyptian Learning Curve, Herbert Bergmann Jan 2012

Egyptian Learning Curve, Herbert Bergmann

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


An Initial Response To The Gonski Report Review Of Funding For Schooling — The Final Report (2011), Daryl Murdoch Jan 2012

An Initial Response To The Gonski Report Review Of Funding For Schooling — The Final Report (2011), Daryl Murdoch

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

On Monday, 20th February, 2012, the eagerly

awaited Review of funding for schooling—the

final report1 by David Gonski, was released to

an assemblage of educational leaders amid

tight security in Canberra. I was among the

assembled group. After signing confidentiality

agreements and relinquishing mobile phones,

we were allocated some time to consider the

contents of the report prior to briefings by

Prime Minister Julia Gillard, David Gonski, AC

and also Peter Garrett—the Minister for School

Education, Early Childhood and Youth.


Kind Hands, Kind Feet, Coralie Fraser Jan 2012

Kind Hands, Kind Feet, Coralie Fraser

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Where Has Oprah Taken Us?, Michele Robertson Jan 2012

Where Has Oprah Taken Us?, Michele Robertson

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


Eternal H&S Issues Jan 2012

Eternal H&S Issues

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.


A Western Plains Boy’S Diary: Aspects Of Outback Life In The 1930s, Through A Teenager’S Eyes, Wilf Rieger Jan 2012

A Western Plains Boy’S Diary: Aspects Of Outback Life In The 1930s, Through A Teenager’S Eyes, Wilf Rieger

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

Has learning about text types lost some of its

lustre for your students; particularly boys?

Does Studies of Society, HSIE, or History need

a fillip to energise students’ learning in your

classroom? Could your Bible/Scripture/Studies

of Religion program do with more vibrancy and

relevance? And what about a little detective

work, some historical research, a mapping

assignment or a variation on some of these?

Perhaps the reading of a boy’s diary may

become a spring-board for any one of a number

of interesting learning activities.


Prepare, Manage And Care: Reflecting On Challenges And Change, Veronika Chester Jan 2012

Prepare, Manage And Care: Reflecting On Challenges And Change, Veronika Chester

TEACH Journal of Christian Education

No abstract provided.