No-Nonsense Educator Blog

Simple Phonics Solutions For Home Learning

One of the struggles I have had in helping people put together their home learning packs for phonics is ‘what  on earth do we give our children who can’t read anything yet?’   This is especially challenging if your school is not offering live stream lessons or families do not have access to unlimited internet data.… Continue reading Simple Phonics Solutions For Home Learning

The Temptation to Retreat

Dear Colleagues Changing practice takes courage at the best of times.  Courage to resist the doubt monsters that nip at our heels as we give up the sight word program. Courage to work with families and explain why predictable texts just aren’t a good idea. Courage to stand in front of your bosses and advocate… Continue reading The Temptation to Retreat

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.