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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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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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