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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 through lack of hard work so what is the secret ingredient? Well according…
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Science Week Ideas

Science Week Ideas

    We kick off on Day 1 with: Science Lesson For Foundation -Y2 Changing Lands & Skies - Science Unit - Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA) Here is an awesome website just for Australian Teachers! It is a partnership between from the ASTA & Education Services Australia. They have created a WHOLE website with 15  Science based units all linked to the Australian Curriculum.…
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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 align curriculum to Minecraft and... Have students create or explore a Real-Life building…
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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 Struggle with Technology'  by Josh Work, a Middle School Teacher from Maryland I found…
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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, Author, and Literacy Consultant (www.mariawalther.com) from Aurora wrote a very useful article for…
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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" & the left over bit or even IGNORE it?Well according to an article…
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6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

6 iPad Apps for Creative Writing

6 Creative Apps For Creative Writing -By Monica Burns -www.ClassTechTips.com I don't know about you but many of my students find creative writing difficult, daunting & demoralising! They moan & groan and become anxious and unruly as soon as creative writing activities are announced. Now these students are usually motivated to participate & definitely have the required skills, so why this negative reaction?…
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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 languages once spoken in Australia, only 40 remain and just 18 of these…
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