November 4, 2019

Why commenting on children's work might be better than asking them questions

A common scenario

Some of the "lively" kids had finally settled into the assignment. It took them longer than their peers, and I had to use a handful of strategies to hel...

July 15, 2019

Another one of my “go-to” strategies that works for many phonics, sight words and vocabulary words, is incremental rehearsal (I call it Lightning Cards because kids like the name better). If you want to know how to use it, you’ll have to search for “...

June 23, 2019

Following these seven principles will help you leave a legacy in any school or organisation. If “Leadership is influence”, putting these principles into practice will see you become a leader no matter your position.

June 17, 2019

A highly effective teacher will implement proximity on a daily basis. One aspect of being a great teacher is that we are able to create classroom climates of respect, learning, and investigation.

June 10, 2019

Intervention support for students with ADHD should follow a few simple guidelines. They should: 1. Be quick 2. Focus on specific skills 3. Be interactive 4. Have an element of competition 5. Provide immediate feedback on progress

June 4, 2019

A few years ago, I was asked by a small group of parents what advice I would give to help their children with their reading development. This was my response:
 

  1. Keep plenty of books in your home

  2. Read to your children often, modelling exp...

May 20, 2019

CBM is a method for monitoring small, specific steps. It uses regular, timed assessment of your existing curriculum (yes, the one you are teaching right now) to

May 14, 2019

How to help kid stay on task We don't ask any questions. We don't expect them to respond. We simply encourage. In doing so, we empower them to make a decision whether they will respond to us. It's their choice.

May 8, 2019

By re-ordering our language, we make our expectations clear; we keep our ducks in a row. Whether we are giving instructions for a lesson or preparing students for an activity or transition time, by slowly doing so we give our students extra processin...

April 23, 2019

In my opinion, the point of a behaviour intervention is to one day no longer need a behaviour intervention! All behaviour supports and interventions should work toward this end.

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