Category Archives: reading comprehension

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”.


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.


Who would have thought . . .?

Maths lessons tend to be quite predictable. Follow the curriculum set way back at the start of the school year. Relevant or not! Helpful or not. Boring, or not.

But then . . . along comes some real-life event that interests everyone — yes, EVERYONE!

And what do Maths lessons do? Well, nothing new, usually.


You see, each week we write and email out Maths resources DIRECTLY RELATED TO REAL-LIFE HAPPENINGS. And not just current affairs! Often they are about the latest movie releases for children, or the latest pop tunes, or the top-of-the-ratings TV shows, or sporting heroes, or the weather, or . . . whatever!

Things that interest EVERYONE. But with a worded Maths question attached. Fun. Stimulating. Positive Maths!

You’ll never know how helpful these resources could be in YOUR CLASSROOM unless you try them out — FREE — and share them with your teaching colleagues, and chat about them in the Staffroom.

All we can do is encourage you to take a look at these worded maths problems.

Tens of thousands of students Australia-wide are using them each and every school week.

Could they help YOU and YOUR CLASS?

Please consider

When will the needs of primary teachers go VIRAL?

PokemonSo . . . we’ve all seen the incredible impact of “Pokémon Go” in the past few weeks. It’s TRULY gone viral!

And we’re probably all familiar with that “Grumpy Cat” video on YouTube. Yep, another media success that’s gone viral.

And who can forget the image of that beautiful dog skateboarding at full speed, with full, precise control of his vehicle. Incredible. Viral!

So . . . why, on earth, isn’t that all-important “vehicle” that impacts so greatly on the students we teach — the curriculum — going viral?

Surely, it’s a motherhood statement, along with apple pie and cream. Surely we are all agreed that students should be given every chance to achieve success at whatever level of which they are capable.

Surely we should ALL be concerned when “the system” is actually PREVENTING students from, not only succeeding in learning up to their capacity, but also, preventing them from ENJOYING IT!

Two days ago, I purchased a book that set me thinking, yet again, along these lines. Titled “Beautiful Failures”, by author Lucy Clark, the back-cover blurb gives an genuine insight into the content. She begins, “I want to tell you a story about my daughter, my beautiful failure.”


And don’t we teachers know exactly what she’s talking about!?

I do!

Students sit before me who hate being at school, who couldn’t care less about what they’re supposed to be learning, whose minds are elsewhere (Pokémon, perhaps?), while I, the teacher, try in numerous ways to “win them over” to what we teachers are supposed to be doing — teach!

We need curricula to go VIRAL. Curricula that is interest-packed, relevant, worthwhile, practical in an age of technology that seems to add confusion and difficulty, when SIMPLICITY has a whole lot going for it.

Our own maths materials illustrate the point. Check out the graphic. Full of fun, full of interest. (You can trial this stuff totally free of cost or obligation by visiting our website at so you can get a sense of what WE are trying to do!)

But there are heaps of other truly worthwhile teaching resources available, many of them free, some of them costing but a little. But are teachers encouraged to use them? Are you?

So, let’s hope that curriculum will become the next VIRAL matter.

We can only hope!



Easter and Maths Questions — Perfect!

Primary teachers are Geniuses — or is that “Genii”?

They are able to take the traditional view of Easter — church attendance, hot cross buns, Easter Eggs, holidays — as an ideal structure in which to invent heaps of maths questions that have a natural interest — a natural intrigue — to the students in their care.

And that’s what WE do, here at The Education Shop.

Make maths meaningful! (Just dig that alliteration!)

But if teachers would like a shortcut, they might like to check out our 3-week freebie trial worksheet offer. Just go to and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

Go on! Do yourself a favour! That’s



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 and ENJOY the fun, and the maths success, that we bring to that all-important subject — maths!

Go on, give it a go.

Hey, Primary Teacher! Good questions — for your next Maths Lesson!

Well, these 4 questions are from this week’s (late January, 2016) EdShop Maths Word Problem Worksheets. They’re AUSSIE, and THEY’RE FUN!

Loads more where these came from.


  1. In the Australian Open tennis on TV, in one hour of viewing there were 24 minutes of commercials. The rest was tennis. How many minutes of actual tennis were on TV in that hour?
  2. The series of Star Wars movies feature the robots C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8. What total number do you get by adding all the numbers in these robot names together?
  3. Spongebob Squarepants can jog 50 metres in 30 seconds. At that rate, how long will it take him to jog 200 metres?
  4. Taylor Swift was born on December 13, 1989. How old (in years) will she be on 1st February 2016?03-success

These questions are from the middle-primary level. We also prepare Upper-Primary and Extension levels of worksheets. ALL OF THEM ARE PREPARED FRESHLY EACH SCHOOL WEEK, AND EMAILED OUT ON SATURDAY AFTERNOONS.

They bring an exciting new, novel, fun, realistic, TOPICAL range of Maths worded questions that the students — and teachers — ABSOLUTELY LOVE!

Try them yourself! For use in your class. Or to share at your school.

FREE for the 3-week trial period. Absolutely no cost! Absolutely no obligation! (Not a single credit card number need change hands!!)

To receive this week’s worksheets TODAY (Sunday!), simply go to and complete the “3-week trial” coupon. We’ll do the rest! We’ll respond STRAIGHT AWAY!

Go on! Check it out NOW!  What is there to lose? and enjoy the fruits of this terrific teaching resource!


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 to find out. Go right NOW, and we’ll respond within the hour!