The C Grade

It is report time in Australia right now and tens of thousands of parents are either reading, or about to read about their child’s academic progress over the last two terms.  All schools in Australia are required to grade children’s academic results on a 5 point scale.  In many schools this is represented through A… Continue reading The C Grade


Time to Break Up with Running Records

Your familiar reading benchmarking assessment might feel comfortable, but is it the best way to assess reading? The answer is no. This post explores effective alternatives to the well-known (yet highly flawed) popular reading benchmarking assessments that are used in just about every Australian school.

Using Rich Text to Build Language

In my last post I discussed the need to match teaching to the learning needs of students to maximise writing development. Once we understand the need for explicit language and writing teacher, the question becomes, “Exactly what does this look like in a classroom?”  This post aims to begin to answer that question.   Quality picture… Continue reading Using Rich Text to Build Language

It’s Not About YOU

I once had a university lecturer who generalized that early childhood teachers love children, primary school teachers are control freaks and high school teachers love their subjects.  I would say that sentiment was pretty well right for many people.  I have so often heard primary teachers talk about ‘my program’, ‘my students’, ‘my classroom’, ‘my… Continue reading It’s Not About YOU

A Review of Online Teaching Resources – Teachers Pay Teachers

In my last post I examined the effectiveness of the website Pinterest as a source of teaching materials for phonics and reading. You can read this post here… This time around I am casting my eye over Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT).  It seems that every teacher and her dog is selling something on TpT.  These… Continue reading A Review of Online Teaching Resources – Teachers Pay Teachers

A Review of Online Teaching Resources – Pinterest

Teachers LOVE Pinterest. We try and have a Pinterest perfect classroom, with cute displays on our doors. (Here’s mine from a few years ago) Oh, how much time I spent on that house! I’ve made rain clouds out of baloons, papermache and cotton balls. I’ve created a box of paper fruit and veg for my… Continue reading A Review of Online Teaching Resources – Pinterest

The Value of a Quality Program

Photo by Oleg Magni on Pexels.comImagine going to the hardware store knowing you need to fix the mould in your bathroom. You look for ‘mould products’ and discover a wonderful looking bottle of mould killer that promises to eradicate all of your bathroom problems. You take it home, spray your bathroom liberally and regularly and… Continue reading The Value of a Quality Program