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  • The need for the explicit teaching of handwriting

    The explicit teaching of handwriting is a topic that has polarized the teaching profession for decades. Why do we need to teach handwriting in the day of digital communication? Does it really matter if students write without fluency and automaticity? The simple answer is YES! Legible, fluent handwriting is necessary for these reasons: Legal and […]


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    Trial our ‘New wave mental maths’ workbooks

    Standardized testing seems to be a source of dread for both teachers and students. But there are ways to make preparation easier! This week’s Friday Freebie allows you to trial our New wave mental maths series. Use these trial workbooks to gauge how your students are faring. Click on the image(s) below to download your […]


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    The importance of problem-solving and mental maths

      Why do we need mental maths? Is there still a need for it now that we carry a smartphone with a calculator on it everywhere we go? The short answer is yes! How can we encourage our students to become successful problem-solvers and undertake simple tasks involving maths if we don’t develop their mental […]


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    Tips for differentiating your lessons

    In the past, students who did not meet certain criteria were requested to repeat the year at schooling. Later research suggested that this caused an increase in social and emotional issues, including their relationships with peers, their self-esteem and their confidence at school. Nowadays, teachers are expected to cater to each individuals needs as they […]


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    Freebie Friday – Costume parts

    Make drama in the classroom, or on the assembly stage, even more enjoyable with these two blackline master downloads: instructions for a clown costume and templates for two eye masks. While students immerse themselves in experimenting with different designs and colours, and creating their characters, they will also be using some maths skills. Save Save […]


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    Practicing mindfulness at school

    Do you have students that have difficulty focusing on given tasks, that exhibit signs of anxiety or depression, or have difficulty regulating their emotions? While these students stand out in our mind, all students need to develop mindfulness and coping strategies to self-regulate their thoughts and actions, regardless of the severity or diagnosis of a […]


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    Free problem-solving activities

    To get students involved and excited about problem-solving, whether they are already adept at maths or need a little more encouragement, this week’s Freebie Friday consists of a selection of problem-solving cards from our upcoming Problem-solving strategies and skills boxes. The cards cover the three strands of mathematics and promote appropriate problem-solving processes and strategies. […]


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    Exciting aids to develop English skills

    How excited are the students in your class when you tell them you are going to read them a story? Quietness reigns and the children ‘soak up’ literacy information in a fun way that belies the fact that they are learning literacy skills. Games, songs, poems and action rhymes, partner and group work, and motivating […]


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    Top 5 grammar tips!



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    Mind movies and comprehension

    One would assume that children naturally create images in their mind when reading a story, but this is not always the case. Visualization or creating ‘mind movies’ is a strategy that deserves to be taught explicitly. Research has indicated that good readers picture what is happening while they are reading, which leads to a better […]


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