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Viewing a video clip should always be purposeful and students need to be accountable for the time they have spent viewing it. In this blog post, Pat Hipwell looks at how to make students pay attention and learn from videos.
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A popular activity as a warm-up or for early finishers is to find all the words using the letters of a long word. The letters can be mixed up. I would not recommend this activity unless it’s something to fill in time at the end of the term or year. 
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I often get asked, ‘So if you’re not a fan of cloze exercises, what else do you suggest?’ I am a fan of cloze when the purpose is best fulfilled by its use. 

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Children are reluctant planners when it comes writing with many preferring to just get on with it. In so many ways, this is problematic. Good writing requires structure and organisation but, most importantly, it requires students to actually have something of worth to write about. 

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Automatic recall of what words mean makes learning efficient. During these times when many students will be spending a lot of time learning online, it’s a good idea for them to spend time developing their vocabulary.
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All resources, mine included, are only as good as the thinking behind them. As a teacher, I found that the resources that helped me the most were the ones I created myself. These resources were tailor-made so tended to be the most effective.
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A recent Facebook post calling out the improper use of the word "alot" prompted a strong response. Perhaps we need to learn from early education teachers and adopt a new approach to teaching words that are easily confused.
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I thought we might have realised that Naplan doesn’t really achieve that much and have decided, as they have done in the US and the UK, to do away with these tests but, we haven’t. Therefore, it’s that time of year to think about some of the ways that we can all help students prepare for these tests.
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