Math In Nature Summer STEM Activities

Math In Nature Summer STEM Activities

Do your kids love math & science? If not, do you wish there was something you could do to get them interested & excited instead of anxious or bored? This summer, I encourage you to get outside and explore math in the world around you with our Math in nature…
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Using Newmans Prompts To Skyrocket Problem Solving Skills in Math!

Using Newmans Prompts To Skyrocket Problem Solving Skills in Math!

Try Using Newmans prompts to help your kids become confident at solving math problems These 5 steps will skyrocket your students problem solving success!   Using Newmans Prompts & Error Analysis Newmans prompts and error analysis, are effective tools for teaching numeracy. They can be used to help teachers to…
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Bloom’s & Gardner’s Writing Matrix

Bloom’s & Gardner’s Writing Matrix

When we found this Blooms Gardners Writing Matrix it reminded us that we should be using Blooms Taxonomy and Gardners Multiple Intelligences matrix in our classroom, teaching and planning!  If you're looking for a great range of  higher order thinking verbs and effective questions to extend your students' thinking, for your next…
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Teaching Mental Maths

Teaching Mental Maths

Successful Numeracy Teaching includes an effective mental maths program. Unfortunately many numeracy programs focus on drill and kill rote recall of facts rather than taking a strategy focus which results in poor results for many students. Even more alarming is the damage that this approach can do to confidence, self esteem and…
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Math Anxiety is it REAL?

Math Anxiety is it REAL?

Math anxiety is real especially for people who hate math. Students and adults can fear math so much that they become mentally stressed and even traumatised to the extent that they refuse to actively participate in maths lessons. But math anxiety can also real for people who don't hate maths!…
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Maths Teaching Strategies

Maths Teaching Strategies

Teaching Numeracy Teaching strategies are the key to students' success. We all want our kids to succeed in the maths classroom and the type of strategies we use will determine if they are successful or not when teaching numeracy Being strategy focussed and using creative hands-on maths teaching strategies in…
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How To Help Students Who Are Dyslexic

How To Help Students Who Are Dyslexic

Do you have students who are dyslexic or displaying the signs of dyslexia? If you do then you need to know about the Dyslexie Font! Dyslexia is a language-based processing learning disability. It affects both adults and children and causes problems with accuracy & fluency in literacy, particularly difficulties in…
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Over Pronunciation, Syllables & Dyslexia

Over Pronunciation, Syllables & Dyslexia

  Here's a great piece by Kelli Sandman-Hurley, Ed.D.dyslexia Expert and Advocate from Edutopia who talks about how syllables & OVER- PRONUNCIATION  can mask morphological boundaries and  hide the meaningful structures of words. She demonstrates this with the misspelling of the word "evry"... How many times have you seen the word every misspelled…
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Let Kids Figure It Out!

Let Kids Figure It Out!

There are some educators & parents who think that 'GOOD MATHS' in the classroom looks like  a teacher demonstrating & explaining single specific math concepts  in a step-by-step fashion to students. Followed up with lots of worksheets & even homework to practise what they have been shown! A very 'Traditional'…
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Successful Students

Successful Students

So what's the magic ingredient to student achievement? The first question I ask when I meet a teacher whose students are successful is "How did you do it" then "What do you do that makes your students successful?" I realise all teachers work hard and then some so it's not…
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Is Minecraft Really Educational?

Is Minecraft Really Educational?

Call me cynical... but is Minecraft really educational or is it an attempt to make school look exciting? Well I was proved wrong by this interesting article in The Conversation  which highlighted that schools are now designing curriculum in the key learning areas to Minecraft...READ MORE... Find out how to…
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Making Technology Work

Making Technology Work

Technology, in its most basic form, can drive the best of us mad! And when you throw in 'NEW' technology, BYOD (Bring Your Own Devices) Wireless programs and the protocols, constraints & restrictions of Education Departments, then you could have an'Epic Fail' on your hands. Here's '5 tips to Help Teachers Who…
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Reading Strategies

Reading Strategies

Guided Reading instruction is an effective strategy but only if you provide relevant support, books & Activities to meet your students needs. In fact without the correct scaffolds in pace guided reading can fail to assist students to develop & extend their reading ability... Maria Walther  a 1st Grade Teacher,…
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The Remainder Problem

The Remainder Problem

Written division is a difficult and complex calculation for students even when divisions are 'tidy' that is there is no remainder. But introduce division that have something left, then a whole new set of learning is required. What should you do? Only give your students numbers that divide nicely? Write "r"…
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Indigenous languages

Indigenous languages

While old Indigenous languages disappear, new ones evolve - By Felicity Meakins Here's a great little story about the importance of preserving Indigenous Languages published in The Spoke- Australia's Early Childhood Blog     By now we know that traditional Indigenous languages are losing speakers rapidly and tragically. Of the 250…
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