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World Teachers' Day Bulletin

University of Southern Queensland experts are available for World Teachers' Day.
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To arrange an interview with any of the following experts, contact Rhianwen Whitney 0428 527 296 or Alexia Austin 0491 022 303.

TEACHER SHORTAGE IN REGIONAL SCHOOLS

Queensland is experiencing a critical shortage of teachers in the bush, threatening the future of regional children. What are the reasons teachers back away from working in regional areas and what incentives are there to encourage teachers to take up rural positions?

  • Expert: Education researcher Tania Leach.

PUSH FOR MORE MATHS AND SCIENCE TEACHERS

Students from remote and regional areas lag well behind their metropolitan peers in maths and science. Part of the problem is a shortage of qualified maths and science teachers, access to quality professional learning, and inequalities in educational opportunities between metropolitan and regional areas.

  • Expert: Mathematics teaching expert Associate Professor Linda Galligan.

USING MEMORIALS AND MONUMENTS IN CLASSROOMS

Despite their powerful presence in the commemorative landscape and their capacity to communicate an officially sanctioned view of history, or as they have more recently to challenge it, memorials and monuments are underutilised as educational resources.

  • Expert: History education expert Associate Professor Martin Kerby.

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE ARTS IN STEAM EDUCATION

Arts education is a key to igniting creative and imaginative thinking which is an essential driver behind innovation a founding principle behind STEM education.

  • Expert: Arts education expert Professor Margaret Baguley.

IMPROVING CLASSROOMS TO PROMOTE INCLUSIVENESS

What are schools doing to cater for students with a vision impairment and what advances in technology have made it easier for these students to learn and complete tasks in the same time as their peers?

  • Expert: Inclusive education researcher Melissa Fanshawe.

LESSONS LEARNT FROM HOME LEARNING

The pandemic flipped school classrooms on their heads as teachers and students were catapulted into a virtual learning environment overnight. The transition forced teachers to embrace technology and meant schools, particularly primary schools, had to invest in online learning platforms. While dealing unexpectedly with remote learning wasn’t ideal, there may be a silver lining to the remote learning experience.

  • Expert: Education researcher Michele Wright.

THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN SUPPORTING YOUNG ADULTS WITH AUTISM

Transitioning from school to the workplace is often the most difficult time in the lives of young adults on the spectrum. What are schools doing to assist students with autism and what more could be done to help them successfully transition from high school to higher education, training or employment?

  • Expert: Lecturer in educational counselling Dr Yosheen Pillay.

EDUCATORS SUPPORTING CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH

The Federal Government has launched the world’s first National Children’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy in response to the increased risks of mental health problems in Australian children due to the pandemic. Considering 50 per cent of adult mental health illness starts before the age of 14, are early childhood educators best placed to work with families and young children to proactively support mental health and wellbeing?

  • Expert: Early childhood education expert Dr Alice Brown.

GAMIFYING PHYSICAL EDUCATION LESSONS

Physical Education classes can take a lesson from video games by integrating video games principles into lesson plans, reinventing the way the subject is taught and giving teachers more options to engage and extend student learning.

  • Expert: Health and Physical Education expert Dr Brendan SueSee.
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University of Southern Queensland experts are available for World Teachers' Day.