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Get ahead of Assessments and Tests

Get ahead of Assessments and Tests

Exams can send the stress-o-meter sky high for families.  Here are some ways to help children when it comes to studying for an exam, quiz or completing assignments.  Let's also look at how to simplify homework and address the signs of stress in students who experience exam-related anxiety.

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online literacy program for schools

Data Proven Literacy Program for Schools and Parents

What does it take to create and maintain a successful school literacy program? How do you engage the low achievers? Extend those with higher abilities?  Help students to make it clear what they need to improve?  How can I make Grammar and Punctuation 'fun'?  Can the program be useful during remote learning?

As a teacher and tutor, I was passionate about rais...

Six Powerful Reasons Why Kids Need to Write

Many of us will remember the Choose Your Own Adventure books ~ freedom to choose your destiny is one of childhood's greatest gifts.  Ongoing Covid restrictions make it even more crucial for kids to enjoy the joys of escapism.  Let's look at 6 reasons why writing is great for our children.

1. Creative writing takes kids out of their environment

Creative writing allows childr...

Which are the most popular books for kids and young adults?

Which are the most popular books for kids and young adults?

Teachers ~ when you think about the students in your classroom, is there a certain novel that students pick up year after year?  Or are students continually choosing a variety of new texts?  In promoting reading to your students, what information do you turn to in order to recommend new books?

Parents ~ we've all been there: if you see your child re-read another 'toilet humour' serie...

Read to Succeed: Strategies to encourage and develop lifelong readers

Read to Succeed: Strategies to encourage and develop lifelong readers

As an adult, do you read?  Myself – I can’t imagine a day without reading in it.  I can say that I’m a better teacher because I read.  I talk to my students about what they read, I read their assigned novels so that I can help them with their responses ~ especially those (mostly boys) who don’t enjoy reading.

The young adult author John Green says, “Reading forces you to be quiet...

How schools can make literacy learning fun for students

How Schools Can Make Literacy Learning Fun for Students – The Educator

Awesome to be featured in The Educator Australia magazine, read a little about what they've said about us below and head to the full article using the link at the end.

 

The Educator: How schools can make literacy learning fun for students

At the end of 2019, the OECD released the latest results of its 

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Research confirms that early reading boosts literacy

Research confirms that early reading boosts literacy

It’s undeniable that a child’s reading skills are important to their success in school, work, and life in general. And it is very possible to help ensure your child’s success by reading to them starting at a very early age. 

A recent report released by the Victorian Government examines the effect of parental reading to children early in life on the child's own read...

Disengagement - do you think your son 'switches off' in the classroom?

Disengagement – do you think your son ‘switches off’ in the classroom?

Firstly, let me say that disengaged students are not necessarily unmotivated to achieve in all subjects.  I think this is important to note.  But if you are worried about your son's underperformance in the classroom, let's look at some ways that you can help him focus and achieve.

Students who are motivated to learn attend school routinely, perform better academically and display goo...

Steps to Successfully Support Your Disengaged Learners

Steps to Successfully Support Your Disengaged Learners

Follow these steps to help your students to motivate themselves.
Whether your school is in lockdown or not, as teachers we need to ask ourselves an important question:  How can we best support those students who became disengaged during the last 12-months of disrupted learning?  Some easy options could be telling students off, remind th...

Report Cards: 5 common situations and how you can discuss them with your child

Midyear reports will be available soon.  As parents, we must be realistic about our expectations, and while we really want our children to be successful, not all children will be able to achieve an ‘A’.

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