Excellence in Mathematics teaching

The National Centre for Excellence in the Teaching of Mathematics (NCETM)
was first advocated in the Smith Report (2003), and much has been discussed about its potential impact to improve the teaching and learning of mathematics through improved CPD (continuing professional development), especially by Advisory Committee for Mathematics Education (ACME).
We are pleased to announce that the National Centre is now a reality, and will be formally launched in June 2006.  Visit the website

Online chat risk for teens

Teens at risk over online chats
Survey finds many talking to strangers
“Half of all teenagers are talking to strangers on the Internet – a risky business that exposes them to sexual predators, a new survey indicates. The survey released Wednesday by the Polly Klaas Foundation in Petaluma found that half of the teens they polled communicate regularly online with someone they have never met. One in three talk to the stranger about meeting and one in eight has learned that a person they have been chatting with is older than they say they are.”  Article continues

Online chat risk for teens

Teens at risk over online chats
Survey finds many talking to strangers
“Half of all teenagers are talking to strangers on the Internet – a risky business that exposes them to sexual predators, a new survey indicates. The survey released Wednesday by the Polly Klaas Foundation in Petaluma found that half of the teens they polled communicate regularly online with someone they have never met. One in three talk to the stranger about meeting and one in eight has learned that a person they have been chatting with is older than they say they are.”  Article continues

Educational goals

Here in Australia, outcomes-based assessment has taken a hold and is infiltrating quite successfully.  We have yet to combine it with the competitiveness and rewards-based compensation system that seems to be in place already in America.  Though I suspect those are on their way.  I wish they weren’t, and this blog and its added comments simply reinforce that fear.   Outcomes do not take into account inherent capabilities or societal influences, nor do they seem to me to rely on a holistic educational scheme.

“a healthy reminder that man is not primarily made to chase after his own creations. It’s not all about getting ahead, staying competitive, etc., etc. I’m not saying those are not worthwhile goals; just that they’re not the only ones, and perhaps not even the most important”

Students exchanging cultures

“Creative Connections” helps students reach out across the world

More than 1,500 classes from around the globe reportedly have participated in this online virtual exchange program that connects students and teachers around the world in efforts to promote a free-flowing cultural exchange of art, history, and modern-day communication.

Starting a book group


Talk it Up!
Starting a bookgroup for kids? This is a great place to start.

Talk it Up! provides information about how to start and run a bookgroup and over 150 discussion guides to use with specific books.
Need more ideas?We’ve prepared many booklists for kids to help you make your reading selections.

Students teaching teachers

The concept of a teacher standing in front of a class and imparting knowledge had been modified severely, but never entirely lost.  The idea that maybe students can teach peers, particularly in technology subjects, has been around, but it is still challenging.  Students teaching teachers?  More challenging still, but the possibilities are huge, particularly in all sorts of side alleys of student maturity.
Students teach PowerPoint
By Jill R. Goodman, Independent Newspapers
“Ohh, cool” resounded in a school computer lab — but not from students — as four teachers at Highland Lakes School, 19000 N. 63rd Ave., learned from students how to create a PowerPoint presentation. Article continues

Tyng driver’s licence to educational outcomes?

From CNW
McGuinty government to give legislative backing to student success


Bill to include mandatory programs for students, new enforcement measures

    – New legislation is expected to be introduced
today that would ensure students keep learning to 18 or graduation through creative incentives that realize students’ individual potential and unique enforcements to prevent them from dropping out, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy announced today.
    “It has been 50 years since Ontario updated the school-leaving age
requirement,” said Kennedy. “It’s time that our 21st century high schools provide the kind of programs that are relevant to students today and support parents’ ambitions for their children.”
    “There is more at stake than ever before for students to get a high
school education that is high quality, meaningful and prepares them for a variety of postsecondary destinations.”

    The legislation, if passed, would:

    –  mandate the government’s comprehensive student success programs be made available by all school boards
    –  increase the school leaving age to 18 or until graduation by keeping students learning either in classrooms or at other approved learning programs
    –  improve enforcement policies with more effective and practical
measures tied to students’ driver’s licences
    –  create hard links between high schools and postsecondary destinations to allow external learning to be recognized for high school credits

Tying driver’s licence to educational outcomes?

From CNW
McGuinty government to give legislative backing to student success


Bill to include mandatory programs for students, new enforcement measures

    – New legislation is expected to be introduced
today that would ensure students keep learning to 18 or graduation through creative incentives that realize students’ individual potential and unique enforcements to prevent them from dropping out, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy announced today.
    “It has been 50 years since Ontario updated the school-leaving age
requirement,” said Kennedy. “It’s time that our 21st century high schools provide the kind of programs that are relevant to students today and support parents’ ambitions for their children.”
    “There is more at stake than ever before for students to get a high
school education that is high quality, meaningful and prepares them for a variety of postsecondary destinations.”

    The legislation, if passed, would:

    –  mandate the government’s comprehensive student success programs be made available by all school boards
    –  increase the school leaving age to 18 or until graduation by keeping students learning either in classrooms or at other approved learning programs
    –  improve enforcement policies with more effective and practical
measures tied to students’ driver’s licences
    –  create hard links between high schools and postsecondary destinations to allow external learning to be recognized for high school credits

Tyng driver’s licence to educational outcomes?

From CNW
McGuinty government to give legislative backing to student success


Bill to include mandatory programs for students, new enforcement measures

    – New legislation is expected to be introduced
today that would ensure students keep learning to 18 or graduation through creative incentives that realize students’ individual potential and unique enforcements to prevent them from dropping out, Education Minister Gerard Kennedy announced today.
    “It has been 50 years since Ontario updated the school-leaving age
requirement,” said Kennedy. “It’s time that our 21st century high schools provide the kind of programs that are relevant to students today and support parents’ ambitions for their children.”
    “There is more at stake than ever before for students to get a high
school education that is high quality, meaningful and prepares them for a variety of postsecondary destinations.”

    The legislation, if passed, would:

    –  mandate the government’s comprehensive student success programs be made available by all school boards
    –  increase the school leaving age to 18 or until graduation by keeping students learning either in classrooms or at other approved learning programs
    –  improve enforcement policies with more effective and practical
measures tied to students’ driver’s licences
    –  create hard links between high schools and postsecondary destinations to allow external learning to be recognized for high school credits