‘Helicopter’ parents in the classroom

August 27th, 2013

‘Helicopter’ parents are overprotective parents who relentlessly hover over their children, removing all challenges and potential dangers, and micromanaging their affairs. They want ‘happy’ children and often have unrealistic expectations of what the school can and should do for their child.  ‘Helicopter’ parenting can have a serious negative impact. Recent research by Lereyaa, Samarab and Wolkec (2013, […]

Oral language is vital

July 14th, 2013

‘What I do I can say What I say can be written down What is written down can be read.’A simple saying, that highlights an often neglected aspect of the curriculum, from early years to senior years–the development of oral language competence.  Learning to read is fundamentally a linguistic task, drawing heavily on a child’s […]

Students who get nervous speaking in class

June 19th, 2013

Many children (and adults) feel nervous about speaking in public. In fact it is one of the most searched and read topics on the Psych4Schools website. Teachers tend to be most concerned about those children who fear speaking publicly in all situations, including reading aloud or answering questions in class, but are also seeking guidance about […]

Why is this student underachieving?* Or overachieving?

May 21st, 2013

I’ll let you in on a little secret… IQ is not, I repeat NOT the best predictor of student success.  If you work in a school you probably already know this but many students, parents, governments and other members of the community do not and it’s time to share this with them. Last week I […]

Hello NSW

May 5th, 2013

Last week Murray and I flew up to the Central Coast of New South Wales to deliver a series of presentations to four schools in Lake Munmorah. We were greeted with warm weather, sunshine, 130 enthusiastic teachers and principals, delicious food, and a jellyfish (but that’s another story). The presentation series ran over a day […]

Helping students with dyslexia

March 15th, 2013

Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that affects up to 5% of children. These children have difficulties with: Phonological processing. Problems associated with connecting written letters to their corresponding sounds (phonemes) are reflected in an inability to rapidly name letters and their common associated sounds. Hence, children struggle to decode letters and words when reading, […]

Assist students to believe in themselves and adopt school values

March 8th, 2013

Effective teaching, learning and relationship building is optimised when students are healthy, feel safe, can regulate their feelings and emotions and are largely worry free. Following our previous posts related to the Psych4Schools Effective Student model this post provides strategies to help students to Believe in their own capabilities and to Adopt school values and […]

Use trust and learning to promote student wellbeing

January 20th, 2013

Many teachers spend the first few weeks of the school year establishing social and behavioural expectations. School values, class rules and routines, personal and playground safety, bullying, protective behaviours and cyber-safety agreements coupled with various thinking tools are some of the key areas explored. It is a busy time of the year, as teachers begin […]

High achieving students bored and under extended

January 10th, 2013

Research reported in The Age, lead by Professor Patrick Griffin, was conducted on 36,000 Years 3 to Year 10 students in reading comprehension, maths and critical thinking from 500 Catholic and state schools in Victoria. Once tested students were grouped according to ability and taught by teachers at their ability level for 6 months. Researchers found that […]

Assist tired, upset or grumpy students

December 4th, 2012

This is part two of our Promoting student wellbeing blog. In this post we look at two more factors from our Effective Student Model that helps to build student wellbeing and assist students to manage themselves more effectively at school. See our previous wellbeing blog if you missed part one where we talked about students […]

Keeping students engaged in the last few weeks of school

November 20th, 2012

The final weeks of the school year are a time for celebration and reflection, however they can also be some of the most challenging weeks for both students and teachers. School fetes, end of year social events and awards nights and associated late nights, on top of final assessments and report writing, bring additional stress and […]

Promoting student wellbeing

October 28th, 2012

Students are better able to manage their school day and learn effectively when they are healthy, feel safe, can regulate their feelings and emotions and are largely worry free. Linking individual student wellbeing and management with teaching and learning are on-going challenges for today’s classroom teachers. The following eight factors can help build student wellbeing. The […]

Tips for deescalating a parent’s anger

October 17th, 2012

When people are angry they temporarily lose the ability to think clearly and rationally. How you respond can help to either escalate or deescalate their anger. A parent will be unable to work with you effectively until they have calmed down and are in control of their behaviour.  REMEMBER: You should never try to work with […]

Concerned about making a mandatory report?

September 18th, 2012

Mandatory reporting is the legal requirement to report suspected child abuse or neglect. In Australia, the groups of people who must report children who are being harmed or who are at risk of harm varies across states and territories. For a list of professionals mandated to report suspected abuse in each state click here. Research […]

Will your students help to shape Australia’s future?

September 5th, 2012

Currently some politicians, media commentators and education bureaucracies have a narrow focus on literacy and numeracy, measured by NAPLAN, as signifiers of school success. However, many teachers and parents agree that while all children need to be literate and numerate, it is also important to help them achieve their personal best – from those with […]

Achievement of top performing students declines

August 7th, 2012

 A recent inquiry into gifted students in Victoria found that a large number were ‘dumbing down’ in order to fit in. This is not isolated to Victoria. It is an Australia wide issue. These children are often bored and frustrated, acting out in the classroom or in some cases simply not coming to school. Many are underachieving […]