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The benefits of Finland's free education
The benefits of Finland's free education

Education matters to the Finns and has mattered for a long time. The way they fund their education system is a manifestation of their unwavering commitment to high quality education for all.

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REVIEW: Hooking students into learning … in all curriculum areas
REVIEW: Hooking students into learning … in all curriculum areas

Queensland University of Technology Adjunct Professor Val Klenowski's review of Patricia Hipwell's new book, Hooking students into learning … in all curriculum areas.

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Teaching: An Honourable Profession
Teaching: An Honourable Profession

Finland is a country that is not well-endowed with natural resources. It has very few minerals that have not been mined. In the absence of other resources, brains are the resources they have developed.

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Testimonials

  • I have found that the ‘Little Blue Book’ has made teaching writing a lot easier. It helps with writing criteria sheets and, when a student gets stuck for sentence starters, it is great to be able to offer a couple of options.  Creating exemplars for students has been made easier as well.

    Rebecca Glynn
    Learning and Teaching Coach

  • I love this resource!

    Kay Whittaker
    Parent, Gladstone

  • I use the book in class, especially with my middle school classes. Today I am doing a lesson on comparing two sets of data in mathematics and I am going to use the section on comparing.

    These give my students the confidence to begin to write and when they have that momentum they write with confidence and style. 

    Peter Cocks
    Science and Maths Teacher

  • To be honest these books have probably given me a higher score in NAPLAN. 
    This book helps me a lot. 

    Student

  • How to write what to say is a helpful book as it gives me a variety of sentences and words to choose from. Not only is the book small and understandable it does the thinking for you. I now no longer have a blank page. I can start my sentences easier thanks to the book.

    Leah McAuley
    Student

  • How to Write What You Want to Say fills a gap that existed in resources for students in that it draws together relevant elements that comprise a thinking skill. Staff love the fact that we now have a great tool to use when teaching the all-important skills that are common to all curriculum area and an integral part of the Australian Curriculum. Students love the sensible, easy-to-follow layout. The real proof of the quality of the book is the almost immediate positive impact its use has had on the way in which students write. A must for educators and students. 

    Ellen Kean
    Head of Department, English and LOTE, Toolooa State High School

  • I wanted to email you to tell you how much I appreciate your little book How to write what you want to say. I am a first year university student (mature aged) and am struggling with writing academic essays for the first time in 30 years. I picked up your book at the ABC shop before Christmas and it is already dog-eared. It cuts to the chase and is, frankly, far more useful than the many resources and other 'how to write an essay' books I have come across.

    Marie Dowd
    University Student

  • How to Write What You Want to Say has been one of the most valuable teaching resources that I have stumbled across.  As a teacher, it has given me the confidence to teach students how to approach key task words and has allowed me to develop a framework for breaking down in-class and assessment tasks.  For my students, I have witnessed many of them experiencing the ‘light-bulb’ moment when they read the definition of the task word and then see it in action.  The sentence starters have also given them the confidence to know that they are ‘starting off on the right foot’ and it’s exciting to see their work improving as they incorporate more of these.  It is a resource that I highly recommend to all of my teaching colleagues! 

    Amanda Favier
    Teacher