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Teaching strategies that take into consideration the student's preferred manner of learning will lead to positive outcomes Access to quality vocational education.  Is this a privilege? But since it addresses many of society's inequalities by enabling access into labour markets, perhaps it's more of a human right. Over the past decade, the labour market has been going through a ...

Chapter 4 of 5 It was amazing, everyone was so festive and welcoming. Young people were dancing and throwing coloured water at each other. They asked to throw some on me In October 2013, Troy Everett, head teacher of Building and Construction, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping at TAFE Illawarra, volunteered to help with the construction of new toilets in a remote...

Many institutions understand that by combining subject areas that may not normally go together, new insights can be discovered When we enrol in a course, our area of study generally sits within a particular faculty or department. And we often complete our course without knowing what students in other faculties or departments may be learning. This is a pity, because in the real world...

When someone claims the right to hold (and peddle) beliefs that are homophobic, they must also take responsibility for the repercussions In 2014, the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAH) marks its 10 th anniversary. Over the past decade, much has changed regarding societal attitudes towards homosexuality, mostly for the better. But festering examples of bigotry and...

Chapter 3 of 5 Inside another rave type religious show, a lot of young guys were dancing crazily to the music, really going off In October 2013, Troy Everett, head teacher of Building and Construction, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping at TAFE Illawarra, volunteered to help with the construction of new toilets in a remote village in one of the world's...

Secrets of Eurovision Security was so heavy that the audience was politely advised to remain seated while applauding, to avoid being mistakenly shot as a terrorist Technically these aren't secrets, more like dirty, embarrassing laundry. The hugely popular Eurovision Song Contest, while eagerly presenting a squeaky clean, bubbly façade, has had bucketloads of controversies,...

Cafes and restaurants will be the big winners in the 2014 Mother's Day spend, with an anticipated $310.8 million being spent taking mums to brunch, lunch or dinners Occasions like Mother's Day present a real business opportunity for organisations. How much do we love Mum? Well actually, considerably more than Dad if the amount that Australians spend on Mother's Day gifts is...

Chapter 2 of 5 It was some of the hardest construction work I've ever done and I've never sweated so much - a combination of hard work and humidity In October 2013, Troy Everett, head teacher of Building and Construction, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping at TAFE Illawarra, volunteered to help with the construction of new toilets in a remote village in...

Celebrating International No Diet Day is part of a larger awareness effort, not just about eating disorders, but to promote normal eating and healthy lifestyles We've all heard the conversations before. At meetings, parties, and backyard barbecues. Women, and sometimes men, chatting about how they really shouldn't eat this or that, before plunging into the huge slice of chocolate...

Chapter 1 of 5 All the locals just stopped and gawked at us, almost in a trance, as we walked past. Many had never seen a white person before In October 2013, Troy Everett, Head Teacher of Building and Construction, Civil Engineering, Surveying and Mapping at TAFE Illawarra, volunteered to help with the construction of new toilets in a remote village in one of...

We've lost the skill to think critically, to ask ourselves " is this real? "  People read the headline, skim the story, and jump to the comments My wife and I rented Gravity a while ago, a movie I enjoyed thoroughly.  I knew enough about space exploration to pick out some of the inaccuracies, but I was able to suspend my disbelief long enough to enjoy the movie. ...

The stuff you're taught in a particular course won't always appear immediately relevant "Will this be in the test?" I can't remember how many times I've been asked this over the years. The fact is, many people expect to be taught only what's going to be assessed, and that what's being assessed is all that needs to be taught. Which makes for a very narrow definition...

In my day (the '70s) you were constantly corrected for abusing apostrophes. Nowadays, who cares? Well, I do and you should too It's official. Apostrophes are being abused all over Australia. The delicate and special apostrophe is being trotted out on display whenever people have doubts about their grammar. Apostrophes have been hauled into the public arena and slapped around for...

Both teachers and learners need to understand that when a student can't perform, it's often the assessment itself that's the problem, not the student You may have heard the terms formal learning and informal learning . Formal learning is what happens when we enrol in a course, attend classes either face-to-face or online, and consciously participate in learning. It's what we...

So tomorrow night, in a reprise of the ‘60s counter culture movement, spend an hour (or longer) by candlelight It's on again. Tomorrow night, Saturday 29 March at 8.30pm is Earth Hour 2014. Earth Hour is the key event for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). It's a reminder about climate change and how the world's humans, animals and environment will be impacted by...

The reaction of the bystanders will impact upon the bullying; doing nothing can be seen as silent approval, whereas disapproval can help prevent bullying Today is the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence . We live in an era when bullying can no longer be dismissed as something trivial. We've seen how the effects of bullying can be tragic. Research indicates...

Research also tells us that happiness doesn't come from money, material possessions or having lots of "stuff" What makes you feel happy? Everyone will answer differently, of course. Some will say it's when they're joyful or excited. Others might say it's when they're calm, peaceful and contented. Happiness itself is a subjective state, but one thing we'd all agree on is...

Understanding the learning characteristics of people with ASD is very important in developing and implementing a training plan that will both challenge and engage the student So what exactly does this intriguing phrase 'reasonable adjustments' actually mean? Under the Disability Discrimination Act (1992) , students with disabilities are entitled to ‘reasonable adjustments' in...

The pic has glasses, the person doesn't. The pic looks thoughtful and pensive but the person shoots from the hip. A funny thing happened to me the other day. Not funny haha, but funny unusual. I met up with someone face-to-face. Why was this funny? Because it was a person I'd normally be interacting with online. Not In Real Life (IRL). Then only this morning it happened again with...

Inspiring change through education is part of our DNA at TAFE NSW and is what motivates me most in my role as Managing Director Tomorrow is International Women's Day. This global event, which aims to highlight and eliminate gender inequality, has been recognised for over a century. The theme for 2014 is "inspiring change". I've been thinking about this theme and what it...