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
Every classroom has students who are reluctant writers. Today I will outline the possible causes of difficulty and how you can structure your writing lessons for maximum participation.
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.
Looking for a way to make report writing easier this semester? This step by step guide to linking your lesson planning to your reporting will make report writing a snap.
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
I read a post on a Facebook Page this week where a teacher was asking for advice about how to get her students writing. She was lamenting the fact that despite a whole bunch of work at text level, many of her year 1 learners still could not write a sentence. Many of us are… Continue reading Explicit Writing Instruction
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
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
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
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