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Spelling List Spiral

Spelling List Spiral

Spelling List Spiral is a novel way for students to practise their weekly spelling. The teaching resource can be used in a variety of ways to suit students of different ages and with different interests. Below you will find a number of creative ideas for teachers that want to liven up a grey spelling lesson.

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Sign Language Spelling

Sign Language Spelling

Brighten up a spelling lesson with Sign-Language Spelling. Students can have fun learning how to communicate in sign-language whilst learning their weekly spelling words. The activity sheet displays clear visuals of how to sign each letter of the alphabet. There is also a space at the bottom of the page to write the spelling words.

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Word of the Day Vocabulary Activity

Word of the Day Vocabulary Activity

Word of the Day activities are great for building children’s vocabulary, which in turn helps develop their communication skills. This Word of the Day activity sheet is a great teaching resource for students and teachers. Students can enjoy investigating new and interesting words. While teachers can benefit from hassle-free preparation.

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Reading Log Sheets

Reading Log Sheets

Reading logs are a great way as a teacher to see what books students have read for either home reading or inside your classroom reading program. Students can write their own name, book title and date on the reading log or for the little ones, they can have a parent assist after home reading time. 

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Screen Time for Kids

Screen Time for Kids

Pressure on vulnerable children to navigate tricky technological waters has generated intense debate; some parents vehemently oppose all screen-time; others endorse screen-time to prepare children for a technological future. IPads and tablets in the classroom, teaching coding to primary children; these practices highlight implicit tension between encouraging technology for learning (and tech-based jobs of the future) and awareness of too much screen-time.

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Resilience in Children

Resilience in Children

School is a valuable environment for children to learn resilience. We’ve touched on resilience previously, as a key skill that underpins how we move through the world; how we make sense of our place in it and our ability to affect positive, momentous change. As educators, we can sensitively explore adversity and building resilience in the classroom. Life is lived forwards and protecting our mental health depends on coping with inevitable change, loss and adversity; in short, resilience.

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Book List for Ten Year Olds

Book List for Ten Year Olds

There are millions of books on the market for our little readers with a new children’s author popping up daily so it seems. To encourage and promote readers as leaders is rather easy in the early years, however as our kids get older, it’s harder to continue that love of reading and literature. This is why a list of books like these for tweens is a great start to continue the enjoyment and wonderment of reading for our older students.

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Doors

Doors

It’s the New Year for Aussie teachers where we are getting back into the swing of cutting, pasting and laminating again! I used to think laminating my sight word cards and A4 posters what a big job, until I look across the socials to see what teachers are doing now to engage, inspire and bring joy to their classroom and students.

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Fidget Spinner Craze

Fidget Spinner Craze

The fidget spinner craze has died down which makes it an excellent time to take a step back and assess the place of fidget toys in your classroom. At the height of the craze, many teachers banned the spinners, and we can all admit they could be distracting, but for some students, there are genuine advantages to using a fidget in class.

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Poetry in the Classroom

Poetry in the Classroom

Poetry is an excellent way to get students thinking about how different parts of a sentence can be used to create an effect. Poetry gives clear examples of how an adjective in the right place can make all the difference. More experimental poetry can also provide interesting models of the variety of ways words can be used and how meanings can change based on the construction of a sentence.

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Combining Maths and Physical Activity

Combining Maths and Physical Activity

Physical activity should be an essential part of everyday life for all of us. Unfortunately, it often falls by the wayside in favour of work and family commitments. Activity is even more critical for children, and they are not always getting enough. They are often naturally full of energy, but they end up restricted to a classroom for extended periods. It’s hard to engage kids in learning when they are staring out the window and counting down the minutes to freedom.

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TED Talks to Inspire You Through Mid-Term

TED Talks to Inspire You Through Mid-Term

Rita Pierson comes from a family of teachers and has been a teacher herself for 40 years. Her remarkable TED talk is a reminder of the importance of human connection and relationships in the teaching environment. Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like, and while you may not like them all, it’s important to build connections with all children in the classroom.

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Fact Family Robots

Fact Family Robots

Fact families are an excellent way to get kids thinking about the way that numbers relate to each other. Addition and subtraction fact families are an extremely important step towards being able to factorise numbers using multiplication and division. Fact families are also a great way to…

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Tips and Activities For All Those Completed Colouring Sheets

Tips and Activities For All Those Completed Colouring Sheets

I would make my kids glue in every loose sheet in a scrapbook … I would even go and purchase 28 scrapbooks myself so each child would have a ‘finished sheets folder’ to glue their work into. I was one of those neat freak teachers that wanted students to have their desks, their areas, and their books presented neatly and tidy. All. The. Time!!

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Benefits of Colouring In

Benefits of Colouring In

Teachers, especially relief teachers, are looked down on for colouring in with kids. We are seen as lazy and unprepared. We just throw out a colouring in sheet because we couldn’t be bothered to think of something else. Most of us know that this is not the truth, so let’s debunk this annoyingly persistent myth.

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Define Homework!

Define Homework!

My personal opinion on all this as a teacher, a student who struggled at school, a parent to Ava who is about to embark on the world of homework from ‘the other side of the fence’ and as an author and business owner helping kids across the globe increase their confidence and self-esteem in learning, is this from several perspectives:

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Uncertainty

Uncertainty

BLOG • Uncertainty LOOKING FORWARD AND FACING THE UNKNOWN With another year gone by the wayside, January is the month to look to the year ahead. Resolutions are made and we attempt to plan our path through another twelve months. I say attempt because life isn’t a...

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