English is tough!! Enough is enough!

This is a great little teacher reminder about how tough English phonics are to learn – particularly for ESL adults – a funny video featuring Lucy and Desi!

How to Use Mastery Learning Folders

Sight Word Learning Ideas

Sight words are classified as words that don’t conform to regular phonetic spelling and so they often present a challenge to beginning readers. They are remembered through repeated exposure and Year 1 teacher, Celeice McDonnell, has some great ideas for parents to assist their children to learn their words … Memory Game: Make a second set of words, turn […] → Continue Reading Sight Word Learning Ideas

Teaching Children to Read

Teaching Children to Read from Nicola  Quote – US National Reading Panel “In 1997, Congress asked the NICHD, through its Child Development and Behavior Branch, to work with the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in establishing a National Reading Panel that would evaluate existing research and evidence to find the best ways of teaching children to […] → Continue Reading Teaching Children to Read

Closing Achievement Gaps

Mastery Learning from Nicola

Folder Instructions

Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand. Chinese Proverb The Mastery Learning Folder is an organizational tool designed to enable teachers and parents to support individual student progress through remediation, consolidation or extension of the learning occurring in the classroom. It’s student-centred, visual, auditory and kinaesthetic (hands […] → Continue Reading Folder Instructions

Rote Learning ?

My thoughts … What is the mechanism of learning ? How do we know we have actually learnt something? It is some form of remembering – patterns, images, symbols, processes, steps, physical movement or experiences. Blooms has placed “remembering” as the first and foundational skill of thinking. Moving on to pedagogy, what is the best way […] → Continue Reading Rote Learning ?

In the Classroom

Get some ideas on how to make the best use of mastery learning folders in the classroom through this slideshow … Mastery Learning Folders in the Classroom from Nicola