Teaching approaches Challenging students to think critically Principal Steven Cook discusses how teachers can help students to think carefully and deeply when they're challenged. Celebrating the Arts in Education Week Top ten tips for teachers to make the most of amazing activities, partnerships and more. Developing literacy non-negotiables How Footscray North Primary made literacy instruction consistent across their school. Top ten tips for teaching Education expert and former principal Mary Jean Gallagher shares her top tips for improving teaching practice. See more teaching approaches Resources to use in the classroom Teacher tip: Intellectual rigour for all students Intellectual rigour is defined as building student dispositions in higher order thinking, building deep knowledge and deep understanding of the way in which knowledge is constructed. Commemorating the Anzacs In the final year of the Anzac Centenary, teaching activities and resources for schools have been released. Explore STEM with your students ABC Education are hosting two competitions for students to explore their interest in the sciences and share their ideas with Australia. Drive your talented storytellers further Registrations are now open for the Plain English Speaking Awards. Entries close Friday 11 May 2018. Giving students their voice through video and animation The Adobe Have a Voice project aims to increase students' creative confidence and their ability to work together to solve problems. Teacher tip: How to use formative assessment effectively Formative assessment provides the feedback that allows a teacher to monitor their impact and a student to move their learning forward. See more resources for your classroom Professional development opportunities for teachers Add invaluable insights through Pathways at DET Leading teachers can bring their expertise to the heart of the decision-making process in Department programs. Recognising the excellence of educators The Victorian Education Excellence Awards are now open for nominations. Creating inclusive and supportive classrooms Applications for the first round of scholarships under the Inclusive Education Grants initiative are now open to all Victorian government school teachers. Learning Difficulties including Dyslexia Professional Learning Program Newly developed workshops are running to focus on implementing appropriate interventions and whole-of-school approaches to high-quality differentiated practice. What's on at VDEI this term? VDEI is offering a range of workshops and seminars on inclusive education. Refreshing your skills as a mentor Experienced teachers have the chance to learn how to effectively pass on their knowledge to their peers. See more professional development opportunities for teachers Celebrating our own teachers A teaching journey in specialist education As the end of the year approaches, Janet Joliffe reflects on a teaching career that has spanned 46 years and prepares for life after school Teach for Australia: Where are they now? Rebecca Ferretti was in the first cohort of Teach for Australia associates. Find out how the experience shaped her career. Reflections from secondary school Nicole Marie, winner of VEEA Outstanding Secondary School Teacher of the Year shares her experience.