6 Signs of a Struggling Reader

Statistics show us that there are many children not reading at the appropriate level for their age. By the time these children reach adulthood they have often become part of the 48% of adults who cannot read well enough to participate fully in their everyday lives.  This alarming statistic does not have to be a… Continue reading 6 Signs of a Struggling Reader

Don't Wait For Them to Fail

We all know that children progress at different rates.  I am yet to find the magical class of children who all learn everything I teach them at the same rate. Every teacher has children with a range of learning needs who we reflect on and worry about and who need a little more. Some children… Continue reading Don't Wait For Them to Fail

Sustainable Literacy Routines

Our teaching day is busy; often crazy busy.  The bigger your school, the more complex your timetable.  Trying to manage the requirements of your day can feel like an absolute nightmare. Trying to plan and prepare for all of this can sometimes leave you feeling exhausted and hopeless.   If you find yourself frantically searching… Continue reading Sustainable Literacy Routines

60 Seconds of Strategy – Rehearsal

We don't always have time to read blog posts, but we can all find 60 seconds to learn a little something! https://youtu.be/50X9LrUo0BY Links to help you learn a little more about rehearsal Semantic memory vs episodic memory Semantic Memory Episodic Memory To find out when the next 60 seconds of strategy clip will be published… Continue reading 60 Seconds of Strategy – Rehearsal

The Child Behind the Data

Most teachers and schools collect data of one sort or another.  We collect reading data, maths data, phonological and phonemic awareness data, attendance data, writing data – if you can teach it, you can collect data on it. Let’s not forget the mandated system wide data collection such as NAPLAN. Many of us lament that… Continue reading The Child Behind the Data

Show AND Tell

We often play a game of ‘Guess what’s in my head” with kids. Just because we have said ‘enter the classroom in an orderly fashion’ doesn’t mean that kids know what that means. You can alleviate issues with student behaviour by explicitly showing them what you mean.

60 Seconds of Strategy – Giving Instructions

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You're Never Alone When I’ve Got Your Back

All children can learn. Every single one of them, but some kids need to feel that you are on their side before they will even attempt the work that makes them feel scared. Focus on building trust as you kick of the 2020 school year. You will be building a classroom where every child grows.

Moving on from Sounding Out

Sometimes our students get stuck in an apparently endless beginning phase of reading, sounding out word by word.  Where other children make steady progress in building fluency, reasonably quickly arriving at the point where they can recognise and read many words, our ‘stuck’ kids make little progress.  We know that the first step in learning… Continue reading Moving on from Sounding Out

Together Everyone Achieves More

I have had the pleasure of working with some amazing education assistants in my teaching life.  In my classroom, an education assistant is called a teacher.  We are all teachers. Sure, I have a different level of responsibility and decision making from an assistant, but never the less, our children are taught by them and… Continue reading Together Everyone Achieves More