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Bullying…No way!!!!!!!!!

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Here in Australia on March 18 this year, was the National Day of Action Against Bullying. There is a great website here below http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au/ This website is called Bullying. No way! and is developed and managed by all Australian education authorities for use by Australia’s Government, Catholic and Independent school communities. It provides resources, a space where you can make contributions or talk. With the latest bullying experience of a boy called Casey Heynes, it is worth taking a look at the site. What do you think about this story?

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Renowned education expert Professor John Hattie has been appointed Director of research at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.

John Hattie to head research unit at the University of Melbourne.

Renowned education expert Professor John Hattie has been appointed Director of research at the University of Melbourne’s Graduate School of Education.

Hattie is widely regarded as a leading education authority. His influential 2008 book, Visible Learning, is believed to be the world’s largest evidence-based study into what factors improve student learning.

Involving more than 80 million students from around the world and bringing together 50,000 smaller studies, the study found positive teacher-student interaction is the most important factor in effective teaching.

Currently a member of the Faculty of Education and Director of Visible Learning Labs at the University of Auckland, Hattie regularly advises governments in New Zealand, Australia and the US.

He has authored or co-authored 12 books and more than 500 papers, and said he is looking forward to supporting researchers in MGSE.

“There are so many excellent projects and people within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education, and it will be an exciting and enjoyable process to maximize their impact on education in Australia and beyond,” he said.

Irlen Syndrome and Dyslexia- a mother’s reflection

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*Posted by Deborah <http://www.myschool.com.au/profile/Deborah659> on September 14, 2010 at on myschool.com.au.

My son has struggled and repeated one year since he started school.  I was one of those parents, and some teachers as well, that kept saying “try harder, don’t be so lazy.”  His learning support teacher would not give up and part of me would not believe (or face) that maybe he was dyslexic.  He just didn’t fit the symptoms.  After some research, I came across the Irlen Diagnostic web site.  He fitted their checklist to a T. Long story short; some believe and some say it is BS; he was tested and it turned out that with coloured lenses and overlays he was able to read without difficulty; he has improved dramatically in school.  I will never forget the joy on his face when he first clearly read out a difficult passage without hesitation.  So don’t write your kids off; this is more common than you think.

Teaching phonics

Read Write Inc. is a UK literacy teaching program based on synthetic phonics, developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. Ruth Miskin is a former Head Teacher and a leading practitioner of synthetic phonics in the UK. The Read Write Inc. program was initially introduced in her own school, a disadvantaged school in East London. Following the success of the program in raising the achievement levels of the disadvantaged students at this school, the program has been commercially published and is now widely used in the UK and in other countries. Further information regarding the program can be found on the Read Write Inc. website at http://www.oup.com/oxed/primary/rwi/aboutrwi/ The training Workshops in Australia will be in January, with a Workshop in Queensland on the 20th to 21st January and one in Perth on 31st January to 1st February.