Upcoming events

  1. 24 August 2024

    1 dayNewcastle
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    researchED Newcastle


    Connect with leading researchers, academics, classroom practitioners and school leaders in Newcastle, Australia’s best kept secret.

  2. 30 August 2024

    1 dayBrisbane
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    A Matter of Translation Conference 2024

    Anglican Church Grammar School (Churchie)

    A Matter of Translation allows teachers to share their practice with their colleagues. The goal is to assist teachers in connecting key advancements in current learning and behaviour research with their daily classroom practices.

  3. 6 September 2024

    1 dayAuckland
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    Educating Girls’ Symposium

    International Coalition of Girls Schools

    Join colleagues from girls’ schools from around the globe at Westlake Girls High School in Auckland, NZ to network and share best practices.

  4. 25 November 2024

    3 daysSydney
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    16th International Cognitive Load Theory Conference 2024

    The University of Sydney, School of Education and Social Work

    As researchers increasingly combine coginitive load theory with other theories of learning and instruction, it has evolved into an interdisciplinary theory. The conference will reflect this growing diversity of topics and research directions.

Latest articles

  1. vehicle beside wall with graffiti

    On tech neglect

    Thursday 20 June 2024

    Should social media permissiveness be a new category of 'neglect'?

  2. vintage gray game console and joystick

    On technology in schools

    Tuesday 4 June 2024

    Some speculations on why educators find tech so appealing

  3. brown grass field during sunset

    On cold calling

    Monday 13 May 2024

    Making it work in secondary school

  4. Change neon light signage

    On change management

    Sunday 5 May 2024

    For anyone who needs to hear it.

  5. a stack of books sitting on top of a white table

    On reading spines

    Saturday 20 April 2024

    and what I learned in the process of co-creating one

  6. group of people running on stadium

    On money, ethnicity and unnecessary/necessary tutoring

Photo of Rebecca Birch

About Rebecca

Rebecca Birch is a teacher of English and the Director of Research and Practice at a top independent school in Sydney, Australia. She worked as a learning support officer in diverse settings while she undertook her teacher training after a successful career in advertising and fashion.

Rebecca has provided consultation and content services for Ochre Education and Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn, and has appeared on panels for ResearchED and the Gonski Institute for Education. Her current research interest is the link between explicit instruction and student wellbeing. She writes for publications and through her newsletter.

Publications and media

  1. OpinionOn mathematics anxietyNomanis 17 July 2024
  2. OpinionTech enthusiasts, are you really putting student’s learning first?EducationHQ 9 July 2024
  3. OpinionLet’s normalise class participation with cold callingEducationHQ 3 June 2024
  4. PublicationOchre Education draft F-10 Reading SpineOchre Education 11 April 2024
  5. NewsTeacher professional standards ‘ignored’ by expert panel - paperReporting on Reimagining Teacher Professionalism: Why standards must be part of ITE reformBrett HeneberyThe Educator Australia 21 March 2024