LIZARD LEARNING

Adding and Multiplying

Even with fun pictures, kids can struggle to master the fundamentals of maths. Just when they’ve got a handle on addition, they learn that there’s another type of maths that is similar to addition but also completely different: the dreaded Multiplication. Even as adults we sometimes…

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Because and So

BECAUSE AND SO Compound sentences can be tricky. Even trickier than making sure all parts go together properly, is choosing the correct conjunction to join them. There are so many different types of conjunctions that sometimes it can be hard to decide which one…

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Blocked Towers

Kids can be pretty concrete thinkers so it can be tricky to introduce them to more abstract ideas like the ones that turn up in maths. Activities that incorporate simple visual representations of mathematic concepts are an excellent way to…

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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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Subtracting Ten

Learning to add and subtract by tens is an important skill to learn. Not only does it simplify mathematical equations, but our system of measurement (the metric system) is based around tens. Mastering the role of the number ten in maths is an…

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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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Sydney Teacher Meet-Up

Sydney teachers held their Sydney Teacher Meet-Up at The Gatehouse High Tea Rooms on Saturday 27 May 2017 and from what I hear and the feedback, everyone had a fabulous time. We were absolutely honoured to send down personalised gift bags to share with such hardworking, dedicated and passionate teachers.

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Report Card Writing

BLOG   Report Card Writing Hey Lizard Learning Tribe! A special note from me to you regarding report card writing. It was never a favourite time of year for me so here are 4 tips to take on board that will see you sailing through this time effortlessly and enjoying...

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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!

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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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

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 • 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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2017 Placemat Resource

BLOG • 2017 Placemat Resource The story behind this resource started in my second year of teaching when I learned my lesson that I needed an activity for children to do on their first day back at school. I wasn't prepared for this the previous year. My first few hours...

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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

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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