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From Pivot’s Pencil

Navigating Isolation with your Students

My name is Wren Gillett. I am a first-year university student and student voice advocate. I myself, am experiencing first hand the foreign world of remote learning. I haven’t even had a class on Campus yet, so everything about this transition has been a major learning...

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Strategies for Teaching Maths Remotely

Set tasks that are easy to start In a remote learning environment, students don’t have you immediately available to provide support and may find it difficult to ask for help from their family members. You can make it easier for students to get started with their maths...

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Teaching Strategies from a Distance Learning Expert

Today, Pivot founder and Director Cleo Westhorpe interviews Narelle Carlon, Online Teaching and Learning Project Office at Western Australia's School of Isolated and Distance Education (SIDE). Tell us a little bit about yourself. How long you've been at SIDE? I’ve...

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Love in the time of COVID

“[T]hink of love as a state of grace: not the means to anything but the alpha and omega, an end in itself.” Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera As we hear more about the spread of coronavirus, many of us are experiencing high levels of anxiety and...

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Classroom behaviour management

Dec 1, 2017

Classroom behaviour management What is classroom behaviour? The are various types of challenging behaviour in the classroom, from low-level disruptions such as talking out of turn and not following directions, to more anti-social behaviours such as…

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The role of evaluation and reflection in teaching and school improvement

Oct 1, 2017

Expectations of teachers and schools are changing rapidly. This is being driven by a range of factors including our growing understanding of the future of society and workplace that today’s children will face when they finish formal schooling. As the OECD…

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Professional Learning Communities

Jul 1, 2017

Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) have become a hot topic lately as building in-school capacity is increasingly viewed as a major lever for improving student outcomes. PLCs have been found to contribute to instructional improvement of teachers,1…

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Making the case for reform of Australia’s education system – and Pivot!

Apr 25, 2016

A new report by PwC argues for ‘constructive, concrete reform’ of Australia’s education system to prepare students for changing workforce demands – particularly in STEM subject areas.1 The PwC report recognises that good ideas and innovation for driving…

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