Romeo and Juliet: Why We Need to Celebrate Its Minor Characters

Romeo and Juliet: Why We Need to Celebrate Its Minor Characters
The study of Shakespeare is a long-standing tradition in literary education, and most of us leave high school well-versed in the Bard’s themes and characters. Whether it’s “To be or not to be?” that causes us to question the very point of our existence, or the quick-witted Bottom that introduces us to the risqué humour of innuendo, Shakespeare often leaves a marked impact on our understanding of language and meaning itself. As educators, one of our greatest challenges is teaching such canonical material in new and exciting ways. Romeo and Juliet is, perhaps, Shakespeare’s most…

ClickView flips learning on its head with interactive videos

ClickView flips learning on its head with interactive videos
Challenge for video learning The biggest road block to showing videos to a class, whether it is a kindergarten or year 12 class, is maintaining student engagement. It can’t be monitored, it wastes valuable class time and it is difficult to prevent. We recognised this as a challenge for our schools worldwide and have come up with a solution. Introducing interactive videos ClickView Interactive Videos come with built-in questions and additional resources. Whilst watching students will be presented with questions about the video content and are encouraged to answer them before continuing, making them a valuable…

The Voice of Ice – three former ice addicts tell their harrowing story

The Voice of Ice – three former ice addicts tell their harrowing story
Crystal meth-amphetamine, commonly known as 'ice',  has emerged in recent years as an extremely dangerous drug, with devastating consequences. As ice use spreads through the country, it has become extremely important to equip young people with knowledge about this drug and its consequences. How widespread is the Ice problem? Last month, the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) reported that ice-related incidents in Australia have doubled in the last decade. Since 2001, hospital admissions have increased to nearly 300 per million people, and over 8 per million people have died from the drug. Professor Michael Pharrell, Director…

Behind the Scenes: ‘Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’

Behind the Scenes: ‘Most Embarrassing Sex Questions in History’
Do you remember studying sex ed in High School? I do, and I still shudder. I was a huge nerd through school, but the second sex ed classes started in Year 7 PDH/PE, I involuntarily shrank back in my chair and dreamt of lunchtime. Learning about all that kind of stuff in front of the popular boys? No way. I really feel for teachers who have to talk about sex to a room full of teenagers. There are the constant giggles, the unfortunate slips of the tongue (organism/orgasm anyone?) and that brutal tension in mixed-gender classrooms…
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