Teacher quality

Lay off blaming new teachers for ‘falling’ standards

By Linda Graham

Public discussion on teacher education has reached a depressing new low. A casual flick through current commentary gives

This is how Australian teachers are taught how to teach children to read: not just phonics

By Eileen Honan

There is a lot of misinformation out there, as well as ill informed commentary, about how we prepare teachers to teach reading and writing in Australian schools today Of course you have heard the argument that teachers do not teach phonics any more and worse, that many early career teachers do not even know how

More measuring, few solutions for teacher education under recommendations to Abbott Govt

By Nicole Mockler

The long-awaited report of the Teacher Education Ministerial Advisory Group (TEMAG) was released last week, with the catchy

There is a better way to select prospective teachers than just by grade scores and interviews

By Terry Bowles

 Teacher selection and teacher education are back in the spotlight. Media and political attention is particularly focused on

Muddled thinking of Abbott Govt’s education policies undermines teachers and students

By Dr Eileen Honan

George Orwell wrote in 1984, “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously,

Newspapers are Bad News for Teachers

By Aspa Baroutsis

Newspapers are able to influence public opinion through specific portrayals of teachers that in turn work to construct

Direct Instruction is not a solution for Australian schools

By Allan Luke

Christopher Pyne is embarking on his own education revolution. He wants our nation’s teachers to use a teaching

Persistent misbehaviour challenges teachers more than student violence and aggression

By Anna Sullivan

Australian schools are not out of control and violent behaviour in Australian classrooms is not common. Don’t believe the media beat up that has been going on for at least the last two decades. Our research confirms what teachers already know: low-level disruptive and disengaged behaviour is the main problem in our classrooms, not violence

Manufactured panic around teacher quality obscures the bigger issue

By Nicole Mockler

Politicians of all persuasions use the language of panic and crisis to whip up fear about the ‘quality’

A high achiever who always wanted to be a teacher but never did: here is my story

By Linda Graham

It appears that many high achieving students are shunning a teaching career these days. More than half the