A spoonful of vocabulary fun

A spoonful of vocabulary fun

August 15, 2018

Writing exercises using spoonerisms, and other quirks of the English language, will help foster a deep understanding of words and terms without soaring your students billy.

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Share your thoughts on the blue book

Share your thoughts on the blue book

August 08, 2018

Our little blue book, How to write what you want to say... is now six years old and ready for an update. Before work begins on the new edition, we would love to hear your thoughts on what you like and what could be improved. 

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Improving the Quality of Students' Writing in Business

Improving the Quality of Students' Writing in Business

August 06, 2018

More than one hundred delegates attended Catherine's session which may indicate that, regardless of curriculum changes, written communication remains essential for success in studies of business. Many students, however, struggle with the use of appropriate business texts, subject-specific language and conventions.

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What we can learn from Finland

What we can learn from Finland

July 23, 2018

It’s no secret that I have admired many aspects of Finland’s education system for some time. Despite being overtaken by some of the Asian nations in the coveted educational league tables of top results, Finland can still offer much from which other nations, particularly Australia, could learn.

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Introducing students to Cognitive Verbs

Introducing students to Cognitive Verbs

July 11, 2018

Cognitive Verbs signal the type of mental operations students are expected to perform when undertaking a task. Students are expected to recognise the skill and carry it out in activities, exams and assignments.

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Why Vocabulary Development is Important

Why Vocabulary Development is Important

July 06, 2018

Vocabulary knowledge is one of the greatest predictors of reading comprehension, while students who know more words read and write better than those whose vocabulary is limited. Time spent on developing students’ vocabulary is time well spent.

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What teachers should be doing on their holidays

What teachers should be doing on their holidays

July 04, 2018

Congratulations, you survived another long term and have finally conquered the pile of marking and report cards. Your next challenge is to switch from end of term madness to a state of holiday zen.

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Why your students should be using Graphic Organisers

Why your students should be using Graphic Organisers

June 20, 2018

We’re big fans of Graphic Organisers at Logonliteracy, with these useful tools featured in Pat’s Posters, and our Primary Years and Visual Images books. If you have never used one of these tools to help your students evaluate or plan their work, here’s a quick guide to why you should use Graphic Organisers.

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Why you should limit writing exercises

Why you should limit writing exercises

June 12, 2018

Students need to be given more opportunities to write and to write more. An easy exercise to encourage more writing is to encourage free writing time, but for many students a blank page and complete freedom can be paralysing.

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Learning From Finnish Schools

Learning From Finnish Schools

June 05, 2018 1 Comment

In September, Catherine and I will be travelling to Finland as part of a Teacher Professional Development Study Tour. The purpose of the trip is to see how Finland has consistently maintained its position at the top of the PISA scale for education.

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How to use the Blue Book to write what you want to say

How to use the Blue Book to write what you want to say

May 29, 2018

When it comes to writing an assignment, many students know what they want to say, but struggle with finding the right words to put their ideas down on paper. How to write what you want to say…. a.k.a the blue book gives students a place to start.

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What sort of teacher are you?

What sort of teacher are you?

April 16, 2018 2 Comments

When you attend Professional Development, what sort of teacher are you?

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