The University of Sydney
COMPASS DIRECTIONS
13 JUNE, 2012
This week:
For students: Year 12 students who may be applying for scholarships for 2013 will shortly have the chance to participate in an application-writing workshop in August. Emails will be sent to Compass Coordinators this week. 

For teachers:  New Professional Learning events for music teachers (using technology and teaching in culturally diverse classrooms) and secondary teachers interested in the creation of interactive digital media. Student-teacher teams are also invited to a creative workshop on July 2 - see below for more details. 

For parents: Please talk to us about arranging a bus if you have a large number of parents wanting to attend the camus visit on 28 June. 
UPCOMING ACTIVITIES
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Condell Park HS
Wednesday 13 June Year 9 Leadership Skills workshop session with Compass staff
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Sir Joseph Banks HS
Thursday 14 June
Thursday 21 June
Year 8 Goal Setting workshop with Compass staff
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Fairfield HS
Friday 15 June Year 10 Study Skills workshops
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Westfields Sports HS
Friday 15 June Year 8 Goal Setting workshop with Compass staff
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Liverpool Boys HS
Thursday 21 June Year 7 campus visit
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Sir Joseph Banks HS
Friday 22 June Year 10 Study Skills workshops
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Bass HS
Friday 22 June Year 11 'Thinking Ahead' workshop 
Student ambassador presentation on scholarships at the University of Sydney & University of Sydney Business School workshop on careers.
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Liverpool Boys HS
Tuesday 26 June Year Ten Study Skills workshops
 PARENTS    |  
Parents Campus Visit
Thursday 28 June All parents of students at Compass partner schools invited to campus for a guided tour and demonstrations by Faculties. 

RSVP to school office by Monday 18 June.
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NEWS
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Compass partner schools collaborate with Conservatorium
*Correction*  
Kogarah High School also participated in this project and were acknowledged in the original story. We sincerely apologise for leaving them out of the story last week.


Marrickville West PS, Bexley PS, and Kogarah HS were among the schools participating in the University's Music Education Project, which aims to expose students from disadvantaged and low SES backgrounds to university life so that they might start considering tertiary studies.

The principal of Bexley Public School, John Daniels, said although students at his school have already been exposed to the University of Sydney through the university's Compass program, this was another fantastic way to be involved with the Conservatorium.

"The students got to see what a different part of university life was like, and they really enjoyed all aspects of the performances. The students from the Con brought out the best in our students - I could really see the improvement in the students," he said.

Read the full story on the University's website.
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Occupational Therapy resources coming soon
Over time, Compass staff and students in the Occupational Therapy program have developed fantastic fact sheets for teachers and parents. With this extensive library of useful resources, Compass is launching an Occupational Therapy fact sheet series, available for all schools and all parents to use. Schools will be encouraged to download and distribute to teachers, place in the staff room, insert into parents' newsletters, or distribute at parents' night for parents to take home. The OT fact sheets will be posted on Compass website regularly - watch this space!

Click here for the full story on our website.
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'Hamlet' at the Seymour Centre
"Damien Ryan brings his 15 years of acclaimed experience with this great story to an inspiring and passionate new 100-minute production, exploring loyalty and faithlessness, madness and freedom, and the debts boys owe to their fathers, in a clear, insightful, and thrillingly imaginative Hamlet."
Dates: 15 - 29 June
Compass can contribute $300 per school towards the cost of tickets.  Schools should organize their own transport and book with the Seymour Centre directly. 
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RESEARCH
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Students need to be 'switched on' to maths, say researchers
A recently published research study by Faculty of Education and Social Work academics suggests that changing students' motivation around mathematics requires a 'multi-pronged' approach. The following story was published on the University's website and in the Science Alliance newsletter: 

"The precarious decline in children's participation in mathematics can only be reversed by tackling a complex mix of factors, including positive and negative attitudes of a student's parents, peers and teachers, new research has found.

The study, published in the Journal of Educational Psychology, is the first to reveal that 'switching off' and 'switching on' to maths needs to be addressed in different ways.

"A two-pronged approach is essential. Not only is it crucial to stop students disengaging, but it is also necessary to take deliberate actions to 'kick start' their engagement in mathematics," chief investigator Associate Professor Janette Bobis said.

The study was prompted by ongoing concerns about school and post-school participation in mathematics. In 2010, a panel of the nation's top mathematicians described maths participation as being at 'dangerously low levels'.

Along with co-researchers Professor Andrew MartinAssociate Professor Judy Anderson and Dr Jenni Way, Associate Professor Bobis investigated the motivations and behavior of 1601 students in Years 6 to 8 from 200 classrooms in 44 Australian schools.

At home, parents' interests in mathematics and in helping their children with mathematics were major factors affecting middle year students' engagement and disengagement.

According to Associate Professor Bobis: "Parents can have a really positive role to play - including stressing positive attitudes to mathematics and building up their child's self belief."
"The precarious decline in children's participation in mathematics can only be reversed by tackling a complex mix of factors, including positive and negative attitudes of a student's parents, peers and teachers, new research has found.

The study, published in the International Journal of Educational Psychology, is the first to reveal that 'switching off' and 'switching on' to maths needs to be addressed in different ways.

"A two-pronged approach is essential. Not only is it crucial to stop students disengaging, but it is also necessary to take deliberate actions to 'kick start' their engagement in mathematics," chief investigatorAssociate Professor Janette Bobis said.

The study was prompted by ongoing concerns about school and post-school participation in mathematics. In 2010, a panel of the nation's top mathematicians described maths participation as being at 'dangerously low levels'.

"'Switching off' from mathematics is a significant factor in the declining trend in the mathematical performance of children in Years 6 to 8," said Associate Professor Bobis. "Previously, experts have just focused on either switching off or switching on, or have assumed both are the same."

Along with co-researchers Professor Andrew MartinAssociate Professor Judy Anderson and Dr Jenni Way, Associate Professor Bobis investigated the motivations and behavior of 1601 students in Years 6 to 8 from 200 classrooms in 44 Australian schools.

At home, parents' interests in mathematics and in helping their children with mathematics were major factors affecting middle year students' engagement and disengagement.

According to Associate Professor Bobis: "Parents can have a really positive role to play - including stressing positive attitudes to mathematics and building up their child's self belief.

"But almost all major contexts in a student's life were found to affect their engagement and disengagement: home, school, class. Other factors relate to a student's personal attributes, such as their confidence to do mathematics, the value they placed on the subject, their enjoyment level and, in the case of switching off mathematics, their anxiety level."

In the classroom, overall classroom climate was a major influencing factor that impacted strongly on individual students.

"If a school is going to do something to improve mathematics competencies they need to come from two or three angles to enhance the children's self-belief and promote their positive engagement with mathematics. But they also need to develop strategies to reduce the negative attitudes to maths, such as anxiety and negative parental attitudes to maths."

Because various contexts impact in distinct ways, parents, teachers and the students themselves have unique roles and responsibilities in terms of increasing engagement in mathematics and addressing disengagement.

While the study involved Australian students, the implications have enormous international significance for reducing student disengagement in mathematics and promoting more positive intentions for students' involvement in mathematics at school and beyond.

The study is part of an innovative ARC Linkage research project and ongoing partnership between the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Catholic Education Office, Sydney."

Source: http://sydney.edu.au/news/84.html?newsstoryid=9065

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NEW PROFESSIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
Tailored Professional Learning activities
Victoria will be in touch with those schools who expressed interest in a tailored professional learning activity in Term 2.  Please send Victoria an email if you would like to discuss holding a PD day on campus or request a speaker to come to your school.
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Mathematics and Science - Teacher Creativity workshop
This workshop on Teacher Creativity at the Intersection of Cognition, Content and Interactive Digital Media will be held on Monday July 2nd at the University of Sydney. It will provide hands-on instruction in the creation of interactive digital media. The workshop will provide software and tablet computers and furnish instruction in producing videos for use in classrooms.

Who should participate?
  • Teachers and students new to authoring instructional media who are interested in learning how to make instructional videos to help convey mathematics and science ideas to their students.
  • Teachers and students experienced in authoring instructional videos who are interested in sharing videos that they have created.
  • Educators interested in discussing how professional roles can change in an era of user-generated content
Click here to register or visit the University website for more information.

This workshop on Teacher Creativity at the Intersection of Cognition, Content and Interactive Digital Media will be held on Monday July 2nd at the University of Sydney. It will provide hands-on instruction in the creation of interactive digital media. The workshop will provide software and tablet computers and furnish instruction in producing videos for use in classrooms. It will explore potential long-term media collaborations between teachers and students in Australia, Africa and the USA.

Depending on interests, additional instructional workshops may be held at individual schools during the week of 3 July. Secondary school students, with parent permission, are welcome both on 2 July and at any workshops later in the week at their own schools.

Equipment will be furnished for the workshop; teachers bringing laptop computers will be furnished with professional video editing software for use during and after the workshop. There is no cost for participating.


This is the first part of a two-part workshop. You do not need to attend both sessions. The first session, on Monday afternoon, July 2, will involve a hands-on process of engaging student-teacher teams in the creation of interactive digital media. The workshop will provide software and tablet computers and furnish instruction in producing videos for use in classrooms.

High school student-teacher teams and other practitioners, especially from Sydney area schools are invited without cost to this portion of the workshop. ICLS researchers are welcome to register, observe and/or to participate in this portion of the workshop.

The second session, which builds on this first part, is an official part of theICLS program, and those attending must also register for the conference and pay a fee. (The first 8 people to register will recieve free places, please contact coco@sydney.edu.au for more details.) Time: 10.00am - 4.30pm Location: Room 230, Education Building A35
Cost: Free
Contact: Eric Hamilton
Email: eric.hamilton@pepperdine.edu
More info: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/IISMI-Pepperdine-Lesotho-July2012 
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 SECONDARY    |  
Technology in the Music Classroom
The Music Educators’ Series
AT THE SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC 
Saturday 23 June, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Anne Wisdom

This workshop is designed to support teaching and learning with technology in the music classroom. Participants will experience a range of multimedia via the internet, exploring software and viewing a variety of work prepared by teachers and students. Samples will include an interactive lesson, and an interactive, multimedia teaching portfolio incorporating all the resources required for a unit of work. Teachers will also have the opportunity to share experiences and expertise, compare old and new technologies and work together to create an outline for a teaching resource inspired by latest technologies, such as smartphone, iPod or iPad.

The Music Educators’ Series
AT THE SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC 

Saturday 23 June, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Anne Wisdom

This workshop is designed to support teaching and learning with technology in the music classroom. Participants will experience a range of multimedia via the internet, exploring software and viewing a variety of work prepared by teachers and students. Samples will include an interactive lesson, and an interactive, multimedia teaching portfolio incorporating all the resources required for a unit of work. Teachers will also have the opportunity to share experiences and expertise, compare old and new technologies and work together to create an outline for a teaching resource inspired by latest technologies, such as smartphone, iPod or iPad.

Cost:$80 (for enrolments after 15 June)

Click here to see the brochure, or for more information please call the Con on 9351 1240.

To register as a Compass Professional Learning activity, please use the Compass online registration form.
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Culturally Diverse Music Programs
The Music Educators’ Series
AT THE SYDNEY CONSERVATORIUM OF MUSIC 
Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan
  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

Culturally Diverse Music Programs

Saturday 10 November, 9am-12pm
Facilitator: Cassandra Brennan

  • Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

School educators are teaching increasingly diverse school populations. The challenge of engaging students of all backgrounds in music classrooms is evident. Current research demonstrates that many programs end up alienating, rather than engaging students in some music classrooms. 

This workshop will examine current research in the field of music education and student engagement. Participants will learn how to design extra-curricular programs that are culturally inclusive and draw on the skills, needs and interests of the students and members of the school community. 

In this workshop examples of culturally inclusive extra-curricular program models that have been successfully implemented within schools will be given and examined. Practical activities will focus on building participants’ confidence in successfully integrating repertoire from unfamiliar cultural backgrounds with appropriate pedagogical strategies, to result in authentic, high-quality performances.

Cost: $60 Early Bird Rate (for enrolments prior to 26 October) 

$80 (for enrolments after 26 October)

Enrolments available until 8 November or until all places filled. Morning tea is included.

Click here to see the brochure, or for more information please call the Con on 9351 1240.

To register as a Compass Professional Learning activity, please use the Compass online registration form.
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Conversations about literary texts – module 1
Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1  

Oct 17, 24, 31 & Nov 7, 14, 21
Conversations about literary texts – module 1   
Blended mode – 12 hours face-to-face at Homebush Boys High School + 8 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code C08360. 
  • Teaching grammar in primary school and middle years.
  • The teaching of literary texts as the context in which grammar is taught to support meaning. 
  • Details and dates TBA
 BLENDED MODULE    |  
Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1
Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1 
Reading and writing for the middle years – module 1 
10 hours face-to-face at Belmore South Public School Weeks 3–7 
Day TBA 4–6pm
+ 10 hours reading/online activities
NSWIT Course Code TBA.
This module will enable teachers to:
  • Articulate the reading and writing skills and understandings required by students to access content and achieve syllabus outcomes in their subject areas
  • Expand and enhance the teaching of the reading and writing required for learning in their subject areas, and
  • Use a range of strategies to support and develop students' reading and writing skills.
 ONLINE MODULE    |  
Mentoring - Module 1
Mentoring - Module 1

Mentoring - Module 1
Available all Term 4 2011 – Opens Week 1
NSWIT Course Code C08579

This course is designed to meet the needs of teachers who are involved in mentoring and all teachers interested in professional development related to mentoring, teacher induction and teacher accreditation issues.

The course will include:
  • a critical overview of the research in the areas of professional development, mentoring and teacher induction
  • a study of key issues related to the concept of mentoring and teacher induction identified through the review of literature
  • analysis of the current developments around standards of professional practice
  • opportunities for individuals to discuss and investigate specific mentoring issues and develop mentoring skill.
 ON CAMPUS    |  
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
1 – 2 November
Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’

1 – 2 November

Dr Michael Ungar, ‘Resilience in the Middle Years’
Michael Ungar is a University Research Professor and Professor at the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada. As the Director of the Resilience Research Centre, he currently leads a number of studies of resilience involving researchers from more than a dozen countries on six continents.He is also the author of eight books including:
  • Strengths-Based Counseling with At-Risk Youth
  • We Generation: Raising Socially Responsible Kids
  • Playing at Being Bad: The Hidden Resilience of Troubled Teens, and
  • Too Safe for Their Own Good: How Risk and Responsibility Help Teens Thrive.
See future Compass Directions for more information.
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CONTENTS
Upcoming Activities
NEWS
Research
New Professional Learning Opportunities
Compass
'How to Boost Student Motivation, Engagement, and Academic Buoyancy'
Did you know the University awards $65 million in scholarships annually?
LEGOSSEUM!
Useful links
COMPASS
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'HOW TO BOOST STUDENT MOTIVATION, ENGAGEMENT, AND ACADEMIC BUOYANCY'
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Expressions of Interest - proposed workshop in September 2012

'How to Boost Student Motivation, Engagement, and Academic Buoyancy'
This presentation details a recently developed model of motivation and engagement – the Motivation and Engagement Wheel – and its relevance to students, teachers, counsellors and psychologists. Professor Martin presents a new framework – ‘connective instruction’ – as a means of harnessing the power of relationships in the motivation and engagement of students.

 Andrew Martin is a Registered Educational and Child Psychologist and Professor ( University of Sydney) specialising in student motivation, engagement and achievement. His latest book, “Building Classroom Success, Eliminating Academic Fear and Failure” (Continuum) was published in early 2010.

To register your interest in attending this workshop, or for more information, contact Victoria Loy at Compass.
DID YOU KNOW THE UNIVERSITY AWARDS $65 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS ANNUALLY?
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The University of Sydney's Scholarships Office will be holding a Scholarships Information Evening on campus on Tuesday 19 June. This is an opportunity for Year 11 & 12 students and their parents to hear more about crafting a competitive application.  As with the recent Year Ten event, the University is offering podcast access to those parents and students who can't come in to campus. 

As you know, Compass is offering scholarships workshops for Year 11 students in 2012.  Our Year 12 application writing workshops will take place in August, with emails going out to Compass Coordinators next week. 

See below for information on podcasting:
Many of our high schools have already or will soon be having their new Year 11 Scholarships workshops for 2012. In these sessions, students are informed about scholarshiop opportunities in higher education and reminded of the importance of preparing for the application process and focusing on their personal development. 

The University of Sydney's Scholarships Office will be holding a Scholarships Information Evening on campus on Tuesday 19 June. This is an opportunity for Year 11 & 12 students and their parents to hear more about how to create a competitive application.  As with the recent Year Ten event, the University is offering podcast access to those parents and students who can't come in to campus. 

See below for information on podcasting:You should be able to play your podcast on any mp3 player or computer that has iTunes or another mp3 player installed.  You will receive an email giving you access via link to the mp3 once you register. 

For parents, students, and teachers who are less familiar with podcasting, this YouTube video on Podcasting in Plain English might be a useful introduction. 

LEGOSSEUM!
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School Holiday Activities
On 1 July, the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum will be unveiling its scale-model of the Colosseum - made entirely of Lego!  

The model will be the centrepiece of an exhibition about Rome's largest surviving building from the great days of its Empire. The exhibition will also include sculpture and coins of the Emperors, as well as artefacts used in daily life by the ordinary Roman who enjoyed 100 days of holiday and games when the original Colosseum opened in 80 AD.

An exciting array of activities will be happening in and around the Nicholson Museum; with the opportunity to handle real artifacts, watch mock Gladiatorial fights and a Carillon performance at 2pm.

Food can purchased on the day from the Sydney University Greek Society (SUGS). 

Event details
When:10.00am - 4.00pm
Cost: Free
Contact:Museum Reception
T + 61 2 9351 2812
nicholson.museum@sydney.edu.au

EXHIBITION OPENING TIMES:
(the Legosseum will remain in the museum during the school holidays, July 2 - 13). 

Monday to Friday 10.00am – 4.30pm
The First Saturday of Every Month 12.00pm – 4.00pm
Closed on Public Holidays.
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