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...

December 18, 2018

SLOOM! M is for Multisensory

There is no shortage of multi-sensory teaching advice. An online search for the phrase “multi-sensory teaching” (MT) will yield tens of millions of results (including plenty of play-dough and a few strange pictures of tong...

December 2, 2018

Little & Often

There is no mystery in “Little & Often”. It means to teach in small time frames... often!

Rocket science it is not

If you’ve spent any amount of time in a school, you know that teacher and support staff time constraints make it difficult...

November 26, 2018

Developing confidence in our kids

Have you ever experienced failure in something?

Perhaps it was a test, an assignment, or something more serious with higher stakes? It can be incredibly frustrating and debilitating; feelings of helplessness, doubt, a...

November 20, 2018

Part 1: IKEA & HSBC (How to best teach kids with literacy difficulties)

Acronyms make everyday things like business names and laws sound a bit more exciting and often, easier to pronounce. Acronyms like IKEA, ING, TASER and HSBC flow a bit better than...

August 6, 2018

4 common sense ideas to begin using NOW!

Here are some easy-to-use common sense tips for the coming school year. You may already have them in place in your classroom, and if you’re a parent you can share this with your child’s teacher… just to make su...

February 19, 2018

Independence

The final goal or a step in the right direction?

I often stand in front of school audiences and pose the question:

What’s the point of this whole school thing?

I typically get a variety of answers ranging from the brilliant to the occasion...

February 11, 2018

The cat left a present in the sandbox...again.

 Do you remember playing in the sandbox as a kid. Do you remember what happened when the neighbourhood cat got in the sand? I do, and I shudder to think about it...

I would often find myself playing with t...

February 11, 2018

Let’s look at overlearning. Let’s look at overlearning. Let’s look at OVERLEARNING!

(Yes, that was intentional)

Think back to when you learnt to ride a bicycle (or another amazingly wonderful childhood feat). When learning to ride a bike did you have i...

February 11, 2018

Let’s take a look at the next principle of SLOOM! teaching:

Little and Often

“Little and Often” means to teach in small time frames... often!

Rocket science it is not!

If you’ve spent any amount of time in a school, you know that teacher and support staf...

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