60 Seconds of Strategy – Working to Mastery

There is so much content to get through every year that it is easy to engage students in a whole lot of surface 'learning'. It is much better for students to 'go deep' and have lots of time to consolidate and practice their skills and knowledge so that they can apply it when needed. https://youtu.be/FcHeC80vvpE… Continue reading 60 Seconds of Strategy – Working to Mastery

Teaching Younger Students Online? Don’t deviate from your path, just pivot a little.

We have entered a strange new world where teachers are being asked to rethink so much of how we teach, almost overnight.   While we might be familiar with accessing online platforms ourselves, we might not really see what the possibilities are for connecting with the little dudes online.  Here are a few suggestions of how… Continue reading Teaching Younger Students Online? Don’t deviate from your path, just pivot a little.

Hate Your Appearance on Video? Fake it Till you Make it!

Many of us are understandably uncertain about this change and are apprehensive about using a form of communication that we might not be that familiar with. But let’s talk about the thing that I think is probably lurking in the back of most teacher’s minds, whether we want to admit it or not.

Keep it Real During School Closures

I want you to take a breath and then blow it out really slowly.  Oh my goodness me.  What an amazing and overwhelming week it has been!  As I contemplate what learning might look like for our students at home during school closures I feel that I have to make a few points: Learning at… Continue reading Keep it Real During School Closures

Supporting Student Cognitive Load

Cognitive load theory helps us understand how to maximise student's opportunities for learning. When we are sensitive to the amount and type of information that students can process we support them to engage fully in classroom instruction and minimise the need for extra intervention. In the following video I discuss cognitive load, working memory and… Continue reading Supporting Student Cognitive Load

Reading Intervention that Works

There are no easy answers when it comes to supporting a wide variety of student needs. There are especially no miraculous methods to supporting students who are struggling to learn to read. In this video I take you through several options to provide support and outline the criteria of effective reading intervention. https://youtu.be/mPf9Q5Z7foo You can… Continue reading Reading Intervention that Works

Video Post – If Only We Had Known

When we went to university we assumed that we were being prepared to teach children to read. The reality is that we weren't. We weren't being prepared to teach reading and we weren't being prepared to support students struggling to learn to read. In this video I bring you a list of the things that,… Continue reading Video Post – If Only We Had Known

Your 8 Step Action Plan to Support Students Struggling with Fluency

Word level fluency is built through study of the alphabetic code and developing the ability to blend with ease, NOT through learning a range of ‘sight words’ as global shapes.

Evidence Based Practice – The Prevention and the Cure

We have all heard the saying that prevention is better than cure.  This is equally true for preventing reading difficulty as it is for polio.  Systematic synthetic phonics is more than just a nice way to teach reading. It is a method that is effective for over 95% of students in our classrooms and, when… Continue reading Evidence Based Practice – The Prevention and the Cure

Setting Goals for Reading Success

In my last post I wrote about some of the signs that a child may be a struggling reader.  There are two usual causes of a reading challenge; a learning difficulty or not having been taught the alphabetic code and how to use it.  Teachers are not diagnosticians or psychologist and so aren’t qualified to… Continue reading Setting Goals for Reading Success