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      celebrating world thinking day

      Celebrating World Thinking Day

      Since its inception over 90 years ago, 22 February has evolved into a day when Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world think about their global sisters and take part in fundraising activities to support the international scouting movement. The theme for 2017 is ‘Growth’, inviting others to join and share the benefits of […]

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      Freebie Friday NAPLAN style workbooks

      Trial our NAPLAN-style workbooks!

      NAPLAN testing seems to be a source of dread for both teachers and students. But there are ways to make preparation easier! This week’s Friday Freebie allows you to trial two different workbooks that focus on English and mathematics. Use these trial workbooks to gauge how your students are faring in the lead up to […]

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      Its all about the context

      It’s all about the context!

      A recently-read article contains the following quote: ‘Without a strong background in basic skills like decoding and vocabulary-building, reading comprehension is impossible’. (<http://www.readingrockets.org/article/comprehension-instruction-what-works>) Resources for teaching comprehension skills are plentiful and teachers have lots of choice in hard copy and online. The problem is the time needed to locate them and the fact that the […]

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      Freebie Friday English skills

      Exciting aids to develop English skills

      How excited are the students in your class when you tell them you are going to read them a story? Quietness reigns and the children ‘soak up’ literacy information in a fun way that belies the fact that they are learning literacy skills. Games, songs, poems and action rhymes, partner and group work, and motivating […]

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      The importance of social media 1

      Social media in the classroom

      Social media isn’t just about posting a photo of your delicious meal or a blurry photo of a great night out with your BFF. The powers of social media can be used for good! Blogging, instant messaging and social networking sites can offer a whole new dimension to classroom instruction. These platforms allow an authentic […]

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      Freebie Friday Bullying in a cyber world

      Freebie Friday – Bullying in a cyber world

      Tuesday 7 February is Safer Internet Day. It is important students understand that the internet can be a wonderful place when used positively, but when it is abused, people can be harmed. In line with the theme ‘Be the change: Unite for a better internet’, this week’s Freebie Friday is a selection of four posters […]

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      Literature for teaching mathematics

      Literature for teaching mathematics – Part 3

      Enriching maths teaching and learning Previously we’ve published blogs about literature for Statistics and Probability, and Number and Algebra. This blog completes the set (but, by no means, exhausts the list) of literature teachers can use to support their teaching of maths. Today’s list supports the strand of Measurement and Geometry. While I was researching […]

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      Freebie Friday – Australian Curriculum Health

      Healthy kids are happier and more effective learners, but it can be difficult to entice students to choose physical activity, fruits and vegetables when other options are so heavily advertised. Learning about healthy lifestyles needs to be enjoyable so students will want to learn and apply these lessons in everyday life. To help, this week’s […]

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      Lunch box ideas for teachers

      Kale, chia seeds, coconut oil, quinoa, acai, goji berries—you’ve heard all the fancy-schmancy buzz words associated with healthy eating, but how do they fit into a teacher’s life and why are they necessary? You barely have time to grab a tin of tuna for lunch, let alone prepare a Tuscan kale salad with haloumi and […]

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      Freebie Friday Problem-solving cards

      Free problem-solving activities

      To get students involved and excited about problem-solving, whether they are already adept at maths or need a little more encouragement, this week’s Freebie Friday consists of a selection of problem-solving cards from our upcoming Problem-solving strategies and skills boxes. The cards cover the three strands of mathematics and promote appropriate problem-solving processes and strategies. […]

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