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Issue 101, September 2018
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Neuromyths in education: Prevalence and predictors of misconceptions among teachers
 
 
The OECD’s Brain and Learning project (2002) emphasised that many misconceptions about the brain exist among professionals in the field of education. Though these so-called “neuromyths” are loosely based on scientific facts, they may have adverse effects on educational practice. The present study investigated the prevalence and predictors of neuromyths among teachers in selected regions in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. 
 
You can read the whole research article here.
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TRB Induction & Mentoring - Early Careers Award Nominations
The Teachers Registration Board, in conjunction with Educators SA (formerly CEASA), is seeking nominations for our Induction and Mentoring – Early Careers Award to be presented at the Educators SA World Teachers Day event on Friday 26 October.
To find out our more or to nominate someone by 24 September click
here.
 
 

 

 

Professional learning opportunities
The Australian Science and Maths School is holding the following events:
  • STEM Leadership, a two-day program that explores characteristics of leadership for high-quality STEM teaching and learning. Term 4 – Monday 29 October and Friday 16 November, 8:30am-4:00pm.
Both events are free for Department for Education staff and $100 per session for non-department staff. At ASMS, Flinders University, Bedford Park. Please contact Karla Pobke or go to the ASMS website for more professional learning STEM opportunities.
 
Teacher of Civics and Citizenship will explore ways to enrich classroom practice and connect with the Australian Curriculum by immersing you in the learning programs and teacher support offered by the Centre of Democracy, the Parliament of SA and the Australian Electoral Commission. Suitable for early career primary and secondary teachers, or teachers needing support in the above curriculum areas. On Tuesday 2 October, 8:30am-3:45pm. Free event but you must register here by 27 September. Call 8207 7239 for further information.
 
Sophic Skills
Engage with the Four Cs of 21st-century learning: critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. We offer a range of programs focusing on developing these skills and dispositions through the General Capabilities. Our educators are expert in the Philosophy in the Classroom pedagogies and have many years of experience in tertiary and secondary education.
  • How to Set Up and Run a Community of Inquiry: Bring creative, critical and collaborative thinking to your classroom. Saturday 29 September, 9:00am-1:00pm at the Lakes Resort, West Lakes.
Cost $150 pp. To book click here or email here.
 
Gowrie SA is holding a Recruitment – get it right the first time around workshop. Come and connect with other directors/team leaders as we explore aspects of the recruitment process such as job descriptions, advert writing and behavioural based interviewing. Thursday 11 October, 9:30am-12:30pm, cost $90 pp. To find out more click here. To register click here.
 
The Dyslexia SA Literacy Expo is being held on Saturday 13 October at the Education Development Centre, 4 Milner Street, Hindmarsh. Key note presenter is Dr Mary Dahlgren who will present two 90 minute sessions: How do I meet the needs of my students with Dyslexia, when I have a full classroom? and Parent Time: Common questions and myths about Dyslexia and what teachers need to tell parents. Suitable for educators, parents/carers and allied health professionals. 9:00am – 5:00pm, cost $220. Find out more here or book here.
 
Novita is holding the following workshops:
Novita offer workshops on a wide range of topics and can also work with you to design a workshop to meet your specific requirements or the specific needs of a child you work with. Visit their website, email or call them on 1300 668 482 for more information or to book a workshop.
 
 
 
 
 
A Microsoft EDUMeet is being held in the school holidays. Get set for an amazing day of learning, inspiration and play! Run by teachers, for teachers, these training days are divided into 3 sections: Learn, Ignite, & Play. Learn about how teachers are using technologies like Minecraft: Education Edition, OneNote, Sway, Windows 10, Digital inking, Office 365, Teams for Education, STEM, Coding and Skype in the Classroom. Then ignite your thinking by listening to guest teachers and MIE Experts who will showcase (in under 7 minutes) the amazing work they are doing in their classrooms using Microsoft Education technologies. Finally, enjoy the play session to get hands-on with a series of challenges to complete. BYOD on the day. This is a free event (lunch and morning tea included) and fills up very quickly. For more information and to book click here.
 
CSIRO Digital Careers is excited to announce their online Teacher Professional Learning Webinars: Algorithms & Evaluation to assist you to navigate your way through the Digital Technologies curriculum and consolidate your knowledge of Computational Thinking. A free, structured, 30 minute webinar, on Monday 15 October @ 6:30pm AEST or Tuesday 16 October @ 3:45pm-4:15pm AEST. For more information email here.
 
The Visual Arts Educators of SA are holding Australian PBL 101: A High Tech High Experience – ‘How to develop authentic project based learning that supports quality teaching and learning within your classroom.’ Participants will experience protocols and processes that help develop projects that incorporate critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication. The workshop is suitable for teachers of Years 5-10. At Wirreanda Secondary School, 105 Richards Drive, Morphett Vale on Wednesday 3 October, 9:30am-4:00pm. Cost $75 plus booking fee. To find out more information or to book click here.

 

 
Little Lessons is holding Teaching ‘Gateway’ Skills to Reading Success: Phonological awareness, phonics and decoding instruction with Dr Karyn Carson a certified practicing speech pathologist. This workshop focusses on ways educators can teach phonological awareness, phonics and decoding to preschool and children in the early years of school. Thursday 11 October at the West Lakes Golf Club, 26 Lochside Drive, West Lakes, 9:30am-1:00pm. Cost $95 including book fee. Click here to register.
 
The Department for Education is holding an Early Years Teachers – Setting up for Success workshop that will provide essential information, guidance and strategies to support development as an effective teacher and build an understanding of the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and transitioning from graduate to proficient teacher. At the South Adelaide Football Club, Noarlunga on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 October. Find out more here.
 
Ideal Learning is offering online learning through their Neuroeducation Series. Eight short courses totalling 20 hours of learning for $153+GST. If a school would like to pay for their teachers an invoice can be sent directly to the school. Find out more here.
 
The Hartley Institute is holding a full-day Adobe InDesign Made Simple workshop. Friday 19 October, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Cost $220. 54 Capper Street, Kent Town. Click here to find to find out more.
 
Kagan Australia is holding Cooperative Learning Days 1 & 2 two workshops on cutting-edge teaching structures to create classroom success, management tips, how to form effective teams, strategies for creating a cooperative class through teambuilding and class building, and why cooperative learning produces gains when group work often fails. On Tuesday 9 October and Wednesday 10 October, 8:30am-3:30pm at Vale Park Primary School, 40-56 Ascot Ave, Vale Park. Cost is $140 per day + $60 for the workshop manual. Three teachers from the same school, 4th goes free. To find out more or to book click here.
 
Kodaly SA is Celebrating 40 Years of Music Making. On Sunday 4 November, 8:45am-1:00pm at Adelaide West Uniting Church, 312 Sir Donald Bradman Drive, Brooklyn Park. Cost : members $35, non-members $65, full time students $20. For more information or to register click here or email here.
 
 
 
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