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Is that the best you can do?

Great job!  Well done!  You need to do lots more!  You haven't answered the question.  This is your best work for the year.  How clever you are!  Great catch. All these statements are forms of feedback and many will have been used by teachers and parents when communicating with children.  Of what use...

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Home Readers for Primary Students - is there a purpose?

Most schools around Australia will have a version of home reading as part of their English curriculum.  Books set at levels are given to children to take home and share with an adult. A written response is also often an expected part of the program.  Are they a worthy use of time?  Do they help students with their reading?&nbsp...

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I Hate Times Tables!

This cry will have been heard in many households.  It can be a trigger for distress and many heated arguments between parents and children.  What is it about times tables which causes such anguish in students through their schooling and are they so important that we need expend energy worrying? Opinions are varied, as is advice,...

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Rebuilding the Missing Links

All learning follows pathways.  Whether catching a ball, reading a book, spelling a word, writing an essay, designing a costume or completing a balance sheet, skills have been learned beforehand which  assist with the current task. Students learn at different rates, beginning school with a range of abilities.  When steps in...

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Learn to spot the signs

The first signs of a possible learning disability are often there long before you notice them often misplacing homework, regular skipping words in text, or arguing with classmates. On their own, they're easy to overlook. WHAT IS A LEARNING DISABILITY? It's often easier to address what a learning disability isn't. A learnin...

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