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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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Libraries allowing kids to read away their late fees

In the age of video games, smartphones and the internet, some libraries are getting creative in order to draw kids in.

There are libraries in Los Angeles that let kids read to pay off their late fees. Each hour a child spends reading at county-run libraries, $5 is knocked off their account. Library staff say at least...

You CAN get teen boys to read. 9 Practical Tips

It's a common concern - as boys get older, reading can be seen as work rather than fun.  Teens especially may stop reading altogether.

I was excited to be recently interviewed on ABC Radio Canberra on this issue: How can we get teen boys reading, either again or for the first time?

If you have a reluctant reader, you've probably tried incentives,  threats and listened to less...

Does Grammar Really Matter? Yes! 5 Tips to make it fun

I enjoy teaching grammar.  But convincing students to love grammar feels like trying to make a cat enjoy a relaxing bath.

We know that boys are more likely to be engaged in the learning process if they are excited about the topic.  Our approach to grammar (and literacy in general) is that boys will stay engaged if they are participating in a way that allows them to be creative, have ...

5 Tips to Fine Tune NAPLAN Preparation

Covid-19 meant that NAPLAN was cancelled last year for students in grades 3, 5, 7 and 9.  The NAPLAN debate is always re-invigorated at this time every year. 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 disruptive scholastic year).

When is NAPLAN?...

Boys Reading for Fun? Can we achieve it?

When kids are fully engaged, you can feel it.  As a teacher and parent, it is incredibly rewarding to see the signals connecting in their brain. When children enter learning - as in real learning not just completing a task - they can become lost in it.  How can we get our kids engaged and reading for fun?  Is it achievable?

The im...

What to do when your son hates reading

What to do when your son hates reading – 6 top tips

Most educational experts (and parents!) know that it is usually more difficult to persuade boys to read than girls.  Plus there’s a lot of research to prove it. 

Seven things you can do to get boys reading in your classroom

It's a challenge for teachers to get their students excited about reading.  Yet strong reading skills are a crucial component for success.  If you have boys who are struggling with reading (or who are disengaged or even require extension) try a few of these easy-to-implement ideas in your classroom.  The results may surprise you!

1)  Start a boys book club

Let the members c...

New enquiry into adult literacy and its importance

When children struggle to read, it can feel distressing in the moment for them and their families. The psychological effects of falling behind does leave an emotional mark, not to mention the impact of reading difficulties in seemingly unrelated subjects like math and science.

The more far-reaching impacts of low literacy paint a worrying picture. 

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How to Help Boys and Teens with Improving their Reading

No matter how prepared you may have felt at the start of 2020,  there’s no doubt this year was nothing like you expected. The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it new parenting and educational challenges for all of us. 

Schools and parents came to us with questions about virtual, at-home learning and literacy programs for the classroom and we supported more than a thousand students with...