Phonics, principals put schools ahead

From The West Australian 9/12/15 Once again the research indicates that a structured synthetic phonics program produces excellent student results … The article: “A focus on teaching phonics and good leadership are key to improving school results, an Education Department report reveals. The department commissioned former University of WA education dean and deputy vice-chancellor Bill Louden […] → Continue Reading Phonics, principals put schools ahead

Teachers Urged to Adopt Targeted Teaching

Schools are urged to embrace “targeted teaching” to improve student knowledge according to the findings of the latest education report from the Grattan Institute “Targeted Teaching: How Better Use of Data can Improve Student Learning” by Dr P. Goss & J. Hunter. What a pleasure to discuss the new Mastery Learning Folder strategy with Dr Goss recently. The strategy […] → Continue Reading Teachers Urged to Adopt Targeted Teaching

Dr Pete Goss Grattan Institute

Today I had a wonderful lunch at the Riverbank Estate, Swan Valley, with Dr Pete Goss, researcher and leading authority on targeted teaching (see article links below). I am very pleased to share that he recognised my new Mastery Learning Folder strategy as a valid remediation intervention for foundational learning concepts. I went through my history of using the strategy […] → Continue Reading Dr Pete Goss Grattan Institute

Schools go back to basics

Phonics, faith and coding for primary school kids … THE AUSTRALIAN SEPTEMBER 19, 2015 12:00AM Source: Schools go back to basics

Mastery Learning Folders: A New Take on a Traditional Strategy

“Great teaching will no longer mean masterful delivery of the year level curriculum, but extending the skills and knowledge of every student in every class, regardless of their starting point.” 1 In the past Mastery Learning Folders were often used to assist students learn sight words or phonics, but they have much more potential than […] → Continue Reading Mastery Learning Folders: A New Take on a Traditional Strategy

The West Article 27/7/15

Subjects trimmed in primary school curriculum shake-up

The primary school curriculum will be trimmed down – with four subjects combined into one – and teachers will place more emphasis on phonics when teaching children how to read under a redesign of the national curriculum approved by all state governments. Source: Subjects trimmed in primary school curriculum shake-up

Article: End of a Chapter

“Teacher Comes to End of a Chapter” The West Australian January 29, 2015 by Bethany Hiatt “Rosalie Hamilton, 75, has seen teaching methods come and go during a career spanning half a century. The Year 1 teacher closed her classroom door at South Lake Primary School for good last month after more than 50 years of […] → Continue Reading Article: End of a Chapter

Report: Back to Basics

Sunday Times October 12, 2014 by Samantha Maiden (National Political Editor) “A major review of Australia’s national curriculum, to be released today, calls for a ‘back to basics’ focus in English using phonics, or sounding out words, to help children learn to read.” “Fiona Mueller, another reviewer of the English curriculum, said teachers were struggling.” ” […] → Continue Reading Report: Back to Basics

Article: Push for Phonics

The West Australian 7th July 2014 by Daniel Mercer “Children would be taught to read and write using an intensive phonics-based system under a future Labor government, Mark McGowan declared yesterday. Seizing on growing support for more traditional teaching methods, the State Opposition Leader said he wanted to introduce so-called explicit instruction across more WA schools. […] → Continue Reading Article: Push for Phonics