STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is linked with generating high levels of productivity, creating better jobs (and more of them) as well as securing healthy economies. That’s just some of the reasons why the capabilities that come along with STEM – including creative problem solving and critical thinking – are becoming an increasingly large focus in the Australian classroom.
The Federal Government struggled to get ‘Gonski 2.0’ through the Senate. Now, with a narrow victory under its belt, the government can start passing the new funding model into law. Under the deal, an extra $24 billion will flow into Australian schools over the next 10 years.
You spend a lot of time thinking about what’s best for your students – but how much time do you spend thinking about what’s best for you? Thinking about your own wellbeing is not only important for your productivity and effectiveness, but it also enables you to focus on your teaching practice and improve outcomes for your students.
According to a recent government report, nearly one-third of teachers who began teaching in state schools in 2010 didn’t make it to 2015 before quitting. Even more alarmingly, 13 per cent of those who handed in their resignation did so within the first year.
Technology is a larger component of our everyday lives than it ever has been, and it’s only getting bigger. While so many industries are embracing and incorporating new advancements, one area that had been previously left behind, in Australia anyway, is education.