Trial 2 Results

After reviewing the first trial both the classroom teacher and I felt that the students were not yet reaching their learning potential – most students learnt a similar amount of sight words and we would had expected a greater variation. We wondered if the higher achievers were being held back by an insufficient amount of […] → Continue Reading Trial 2 Results

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

John Hattie’s Visible Learning

An enthralling 16 minute Ted Talk by John Hattie that summarises research into maximising teacher impact on student learning!

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

Trial 1 Results

In Term 1, 2015, St Brigid’s Primary School trialled the use of Mastery Learning Folders as a homework tool to supplement the sight word program in the classroom. Students were pre-tested on sight words up to the level at which they could no longer recognize the words in the next two sets. The total score of […] → Continue Reading Trial 1 Results

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