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Reading Fiction Can Be Fun, But It Isn’t Enough To Boost Achievement

Sharing an article that recently appeared in Forbes magazine by Natalie Wexler.  It explores the "fiction effect", which asks: do boys who read more fiction, as opposed to comics or non-fiction, do better academically? You might be surprised.

Teenagers who read a lot of fiction do ...

Level Up Your Literacy Instruction

Teaching literacy is a skill. It takes a lot of time, practice, and effort to be good at it. This article will show you how to level up your literacy instruction and make a massive impact with your students, all while keeping them engaged!

A Reading Framework: think of it as a stee...

7 Ways to Identify and Build Your Child’s Academic Capabilities

It is more than a coincidence that I have received calls from multiple parents concerned about their son's reading ability this week - all are in Year 3.

Fewer than 1 in 5 students who are behind in Year 3 catch up and stay caught up. (AERO, March 2024)

Learning gains are har...

Tracking Evidence in Literacy Learning

Tracking Students’ Reading Skills

Attention educators - we have just released a brand new literacy profile report for your learners!  Monitoring and documenting literacy progress is essential in not only helping students feel supported but also to grow more positive and independent in their learning.

Our team at LFK and LFB pro...

Improving comprehension skills

Targeting Key Comprehension Skills

This post looks at the six strategies that are used most commonly in classrooms today. Direct instruction to support comprehension development includes what is referred to as the 'super six'.

School readiness for boys

Reading and Writing Readiness for Boys

I am one of the growing number of educational researchers who are concerned that schools and even preschools are trying to teach boys to read and write too soon.  Starting boys on these concepts too soon can be one of the causes for the negative attitudes boys develop toward reading and writing, and even school.

There are several preconditions that boys need before the teaching of re...

10 Ways to Create Learning Spaces for Literacy

Learning occurs best in a social context - that is, we learn best when we are allowed to share ideas, ask questions and engage in problem-solving with others.  Learning should be a joy for children and promote a sense of confidence and competence.  Students of all abilities learn best when they feel safe, in control and unhurried. 

It's important to recognize that gaining skill...

Positive experiences around reading: 8 helpful tips for teachers and parents

I am frequently asked, "How can I improve my child's writing?" or "How can I improve my child's understanding of maths?"  You might be surprised to hear that I often suggest reading is the fundamental skill that can help to develop knowledge in other areas of the curriculum.  Time and time again I see students who are great at practical maths but fall down in problem solving.

5 Tips to Fine Tune NAPLAN Preparation

The NAPLAN debate is always re-invigorated at this time every year. The testing window this year has been moved to Term 1 and has added extra navigation for teachers.  However, this standardised testing with a national benchmark, gives educators and parents a view into how an individual student is performing amongst their peers (particularly after a couple of disruptive scholastic years).  I...

Unleashing Potential: Empowering Boys to Soar Beyond Coasting

Many of my articles focus on improving literacy for boys who are below standard literacy levels.  But what about the boys who 'coast' and don't challenge themselves?  Boys dislike learning that is too easy, but of course at the same time they do not want learning to be too difficult.  In teaching, the principle of 'optimal challenge' is what we aim for: it is the balance between learn...