Sunday, 9 October 2016

Better Writing Powerful Descriptions

There is one thing that children consistently not do that makes their writing lacklustre and it is failing to add details.  

If it's a narrative then they write one sentence for the beginning, one for the middle and one for then ending. Or for older children, they write and tell you what it is without going into further descriptions, explanations or reasonings. 

I'm always left with thinking, And? So what? What about it?

Monday, 1 August 2016

Teach and Inspire Free Inspirational Teacher's Colouring Sheet

"The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires." William Arthur Ward

Teaching is more than just telling students what to do. When you tell students, they stop thinking and start to mimic which leads to mediocrity. As a teacher we should inspire our students to do what they can to achieve great things. We nurture their thinking as well as their behaviour to think and do the best they can.

But sometimes it's a bit hard to inspire students when you are stressed out with teaching. Maybe it's students' challenging behaviours or meeting government objectives and standards that can take its toll. Or it can even be dealing with difficult parents. Whatever the reason, nobody said that teaching is easy!

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Beat the Summer Slide with these Math and Literacy Downloads

As summer approaches the northern hemisphere (brrr I'm freezing here in the south) have your children practice their reading, writing and math with these fun games and activities.

First up is a free download to help your child with the silent e rule. Your child match the spade to the bucket and read the words.
Download here

Monday, 11 April 2016

Free Printable Download: Learning Numbers 1 to 10

It's the end of Term 1 for us here in New South Wales, Australia and this is our autumn (what the US refers to as fall) school holidays. 

In my prekindy classes, we've been learning numbers from one to ten. Last week was revision week so I searched around the internet for numbers one to ten worksheets. It took me a while, as any internet search usually do! 

So this week I've decided to make my own booklet where I will have all the numbers together and it'll be easy to access. Now, because I'm in New South Wales, we are required to teach using the Foundation font. The worksheets here are all in the Foundation font which makes it easy for those of us teaching in New South Wales!

Monday, 21 March 2016

Free Printable: Spring Story Prompts to Help Children Write

Spring is in the air (at least it is in the northern hemisphere - I'm actually freezing here in this cold autumn/fall day in the southern hemisphere!). What better way to get children to write than to give them some timely spring prompts to get their creative juices flowing?

Remember that to write a narrative, children would need to have a beginning, middle and ending. The beginning of the story is the introduction where the children would write the who, where, what and when. The middle of the story is where children write about the problem and action that is going on. The ending is the conclusion of the story and it is where children will have to write the resolution to the problem that was introduced.