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NAPLAN results don’t tell us the whole story

By Suzanne Rice, University of Melbourne
article was published on the Conversation website

http://theconversation.com/naplan-results-dont-tell-us-the-whole-story-30715

Results are out for NAPLAN 2014, and already the discussions have started around the meaning of those results. The program remains controversial, with academics and the public debating its impact on students and schools. There are also questions as to whether, in the end, the benefits outweigh the negatives. What are the purposes of NAPLAN, and how able are the tests to fulfil these purposes? read more

Health Check: how to get pregnant & finding your fertile window

Article written by Karin Hammarberg for The Conversation

http://http://theconversation.com/health-check-how-to-get-pregnant-30529

For couples trying to conceive, the chance of this happening within a year depends on their age. The monthly chance of pregnancy for couples where the woman is 35 years or younger is about 20% and 80-90% become pregnant within 12 months. read more

A wake-up call for parents who smack their children

by Bernadette Saunders and Bronwyn Naylor, article was published on the Conversation website

http://theconversation.com/a-wake-up-call-for-parents-who-smack-their-children-16461

Most parents want what’s best for their children. But when it comes to discipline, some misguidedly use physical force to punish or intimidate. Let’s be clear: hitting and unnecessarily hurting children is never justified and is never okay. read more

What’s Wrong With W-Sitting?

A Paediatric Physical Therapist Explores W-Sitting

http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/child-melting-look-w-sitting/

Each time I walk into a classroom, I can find at least 3 children who are on the floor in the W-Sitting position…and they kind of remind me of melting snowman. Their legs are wide around their bottoms, their trunk posture is often droopy and they aren’t able to move their arms outside of their base of support to play. I am constantly saying “fix your legs” or “NO “W” SITTING!”. What’s so wrong with W-sitting? Let’s explore. read more read more

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NAPLAN results don’t tell us the whole story

By Suzanne Rice, University of Melbourne
article was published on the Conversation website

http://theconversation.com/naplan-results-dont-tell-us-the-whole-story-30715

Results are out for NAPLAN 2014, and already the discussions have started around the meaning of those results. The program remains controversial, with academics and the public debating its impact on students and schools. There are also questions as to whether, in the end, the benefits outweigh the negatives. What are the purposes of NAPLAN, and how able are the tests to fulfil these purposes? read more

Health Check: how to get pregnant & finding your fertile window

Article written by Karin Hammarberg for The Conversation

http://http://theconversation.com/health-check-how-to-get-pregnant-30529

For couples trying to conceive, the chance of this happening within a year depends on their age. The monthly chance of pregnancy for couples where the woman is 35 years or younger is about 20% and 80-90% become pregnant within 12 months. read more

A wake-up call for parents who smack their children

by Bernadette Saunders and Bronwyn Naylor, article was published on the Conversation website

http://theconversation.com/a-wake-up-call-for-parents-who-smack-their-children-16461

Most parents want what’s best for their children. But when it comes to discipline, some misguidedly use physical force to punish or intimidate. Let’s be clear: hitting and unnecessarily hurting children is never justified and is never okay. read more

What’s Wrong With W-Sitting?

A Paediatric Physical Therapist Explores W-Sitting

http://theinspiredtreehouse.com/child-melting-look-w-sitting/

Each time I walk into a classroom, I can find at least 3 children who are on the floor in the W-Sitting position…and they kind of remind me of melting snowman. Their legs are wide around their bottoms, their trunk posture is often droopy and they aren’t able to move their arms outside of their base of support to play. I am constantly saying “fix your legs” or “NO “W” SITTING!”. What’s so wrong with W-sitting? Let’s explore. read more read more

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