Category Archives: Reading approaches

When will we EVER learn?

Could it be that the apparent decline in educational standards in Literacy and Numeracy here in Australia is just a temporary aberration?

Could it that a few simple decisions — applied within just weeks — could bring about a genuine lift in student (and teacher) outcomes in these two vital curriculum areas?

And, could it be that significant improvement, not only in academic performance, but also in developing all-important positive attitudes to learning in primary schools, could come at NO additional financial cost? Just better stewardship of the funding that’s already there?

Could it be that today’s “Holy Educational Grail” — technology — is actually getting in the way of real, effective learning in real time?”

Well, the answers are “Yes, Yes, Yes and Yes”.

Improvement?

Students want it, teachers want it, Principals want it, parents want it, and the community would relish it!

So, let’s support curriculum innovation that makes the very BEST use of the skills, enthusiasm and commitment of today’s teachers, by providing them with curricula that actually allows time for the “Big C” — consolidation — to take place in the classroom.

Time to allow students to DIGEST what is being taught, to ponder it, to get a real feel for it — a “Vibe” — that will help them build on their present knowledge, and challenge them to strive to learn more! Or, as perhaps Telstra would say, to “Thrive On!”

Let’s encourage everyone to move from the known to the unknown, and by giving them the time and tools to help new learning “mature” in their minds.

Not difficult! Not expensive! Just SOUND pedagogical practice.

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Term 1 ends . . . or Term 2 Begins! But Maths goes on forever!

WOW! Primary Teachers . . . A new school week!
Be it the LAST week of Term 1, or approaching the FIRST week of Term 2, here’s an opportunity to WOW your class with some FUN Maths Worded Worksheets.

Written FRESHLY this week.

Questions about the new ANGRY BIRDS movie, the new 2016 Aussie Olympic Games uniforms, and heaps more!

Share these with your teacher friends!

Become a hero at your school! Delivered IMMEDIATELY!

For your FREE 3-WEEK TRIAL, go to www.EdShop.net.au

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Primary Teachers, Shane Warne, Baked Beans & Maths. REALLY??

Who would have thought that Shane Warne’s baked beans habits would make a great Maths question for primary students?

But they did!

And they do!

Here it is . . . the BIG QUESTION . . .

“Aussie cricketer Shane Warne had 1,900 tins of baked beans flown in and addressed to him personally in India in 1998. (But they weren’t ALL just for him!) If each tin cost 80 cents, what was the total value of all those cans of baked beans?”

And there are HEAPS MORE topical, FUN maths questions where that one came from.

For an OBLIGATION-FREE 3-WEEK TRIAL SUBS., go to http://www.EdShop.net.au and ENJOY the fun, and the maths success, that we bring to that all-important subject — maths!

Go on, give it a go.  www.Edshop.net.au

Sometimes Primary-age students just need something to make them LOVE maths . . . and here it is!

Yep! Some kids HATE maths.

No surprise there!

Every primary teacher has seen it! THAT LOOK that covers the face when it’s Maths Time!

(There should be an EMOTICON for that look!)

Anyway, the time has come to replace THAT look with a look of POSITIVE INTEREST and OPTIMISM and ENTHUSIASM in maths lessons.

And  . . . here’s one way. Just one! But it works! FRESHLY EVERY SCHOOL WEEK!

It’s not JUST maths, either! It involves reading comprehension, usually a little discussion with a classmate or teacher, and an interest-packed Maths exercise that’s FUN, topical, full of interest, and teaches HEAPS about how useful Maths is in everyday life.

AND . . . you can try it out for 3 weeks — totally free of cost or obligation.

Go on, give it a go. Chat about it at school with your teacher friends, your Principal, the students in your class.

Try it out as a lesson-starter. Or as ready-made HOMEWORK SHEETS.

MANY teachers have visited! As have many schools! And they’re ecstatic!

Oh, yes, of what am I speaking? (I almost forgot to mention it!)

Visit http://www.EdShop.net.au to find out. Go right NOW, and we’ll respond within the hour!

 

Hey! Primary Teacher! What’s Your Best Maths Material Ever?

Yes, EVERY primary teacher has a VERY FAVOURITE maths resource that they rely on, that their students love, that makes maths teaching thoroughly enjoyable.

Maybe it only lasts one lesson!

Or, maybe it lasts a week.

Or a month.

But, whatever,03-success IT WORKS!

What is YOUR very favourite lesson topic, approach, gimmick?

Tell us about it so we can share it with others.

Meanwhile, if your looking for a totally NEW, up-to-date approach to maths, you should look no further than our EdShop maths worded problem worksheets. They’re Aussie, they’re fun, and the students LOVE them. Visit our website at http://www.Edshop.net.au for a freebie of two!

Oh, but don’t forget to tell us about your fantastic maths idea! We’ll ALL benefit!

When Maths Skills and Reading Skills Collide

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What a shame!

Too many of our students are perfectly capable of “doing” maths.

But they can’t!

Why?

Because they can’t read the worded problems.

It’s a READING skill they lack, not a maths skill!

So, what are we teachers meant to do about THAT?

Practise. Practise. Practise!

Develop a “maths reading vocab” that will stand them in good stead.

AND, have them solving maths problems THAT CHILDREN HAVE A NATURAL INTEREST IN!

AND, have them solving maths problems at a level appropriate to their reading and maths skill levels.

EVERYONE likes to succeed!

So, let’s give our students the very tools that will help them succeed RIGHT NOW, as well as build a solid foundation for the future.

Such materials DO exist!

Take THIS WEEK’S Worksheets, for example! They include problems on the Winter Solstice in Australia (June 21st), runner Ron Clarke’s record-breaking run, the new children’s holiday movie “Inside out,” and loads more.

Some of them are RIGHT HERE — all you need to do is ASK!

Enjoy!

NAPLAN — and why parents should LOVE it!

Yes, the controversy rages on!

But, the TRUE (but often-hidden) values of NAPLAN are often ignored.

Value 1: NAPLAN gives at least SOME structure to a curriculum that, at the very least, leaves much to be desired. It actually suggests standards at which students at Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 should, or could, or maybe are within arms reach of, attaining in the areas of Maths, English, spelling, grammar and written expression. Yes, admittedly it’s only a “suggestion”, a “hint” if you like. But at least it’s SOMETHING!

Value 2: NAPLAN gives a simple, straight-forward, one-page report. Big on graphics, small on text. Not that 15-page mumbo-jumbo, copy and pasted school report that numbs the imagination and provides little in the way of factual reporting on student progress. Now, no-one should be mislead into believing everything showing on the NAPLAN student report sheet. But, by golly, it’s a good start for parents to check it out, and then ask some truly meaningful questions of teachers and school.

Value 3: School comparisons. Some of us are not too sure of the value of the ranking of schools in accordance with NAPLAN results. So many variables, so many value-related implications!

So, there it is. A defence, sort of, of the TRUE VALUE of NAPLAN testing, from one who sits on the edge of the world of schools and observes parents, teachers and students as they prepare for the 2015 week of NAPLAN.

Have a good one!