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Fidget Toys

Fidget Toys

The fidget spinner craze is dying 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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Growth Mindset Activities

Growth Mindset Activities

The term ‘growth mindset’ has been a buzzword for a while now. Despite its status as the latest ‘in’ thing, it can actually be a beneficial technique for helping children learn. The main idea of developing a growth mindset is focusing on the way a challenge is approached. It is about learning new skills and not letting failure stop you from trying.

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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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Dealing with the Emotional Toll of Naplan

Dealing with the Emotional Toll of Naplan

Naplan is a stressful time for everyone involved. We spend so much time drilling facts and formulae into our children to prepare them for the exam that sometimes we forget about the emotional side of the equation. Today’s blog delves into a couple of methods for helping children through the upcoming days, and seeing them come out the other side no worse for wear.

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It’s Naplan Week!

It’s Naplan Week!

Teachers! NAPLAN has arrived and this weekend is the last weekend before the three official days of testing begin. I really only have a few words to say across the board to teachers, parents and students – ‘keep perspective’ – this is only one test in time and one form of assessment!

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Crashed Site

BLOG • Crashed Site Yesterday was absolutely crazy. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect the last minute response, from this wonderful community we have here at Lizard Learning, who are just trying to find the best ways to help their kids. This is all any of us are...

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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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Lizard Learning Lounge

Lizard Learning Lounge

LIZARD LEARNING LOUNGE • We love to offer heaps of value to our community here at Lizard Learning. This is why Mark, one of our tutors, has created free teaching videos for you to use in your classroom. Just another timesaving tool for teachers. See below a sample of...

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Lessons From My Mum

Lessons From My Mum

BLOG • Lessons From My Mum My beautiful mum passed away on Sunday 8th January ❤️ I hope sharing this very personal sadness may help you in some way when things aren't exactly going to plan today or in the future for you.Firstly, I must thank everyone who contacted us...

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Take a Break

Take a Break

BLOG • Take A Break All of us here at Lizard Learning wish you all a Merry Christmas and, most importantly for the teachers, happy holidays. Whilst for many the holidays mean manic shopping centres and less traffic during their commute, for the teachers it’s finally...

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