Teaching Strategies: The Right Way to Give Feedback

As teachers, one our many duties and teaching strategies is to provide feedback to our students. The purpose of feedback is to aid in the learning process and improve a student’s academic performance. Whether it’s written or verbal, this feedback can have a powerful effect on student learning. The goal is to provide appropriate feedback that will not discourage a student’s learning, but encourage it. Here are a few ideas and teaching strategies to help you give the most effective feedback to your students. Teaching Strategies that Use the Feedback Sandwich One of the most effective ways that teachers have […]

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Some Tools and Rules to Improve Your Spelling

English spelling is notoriously difficult to master for native speakers and language learners alike. Because English developed from several different language families, and because it so easily absorbs new words from other languages even today, the English language has many different ways to spell the same sound and many different ways to pronounce the same spelling. But improving your English spelling is not impossible: with some patience, you will see a noticeable improvement in your spelling by using some techniques that good spellers use. Use a (good) dictionary. Though memory aids are useful for memorizing difficult-to-spell words, good spellers never […]

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How to Get Your Kids to Love School

Every parent wants their kids to enjoy going to school. For some children, that comes naturally. Others need a little help developing that love of going to school. For either type of child, there are many ways you can boost their outlook toward school and learning. Incorporate some of these easy tips to show your kids how to love school. Actively Help with Homework Homework time is usually when parents cook dinner or enjoy some quiet time for themselves. Block off some time to actively help your kids with their homework. Sit down with your children as they do their homework. […]

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Conquer colons, vanquish verbs and dominate determiners with new Grammar and Punctuation

Two years in the making, Grammar and Punctuation has been written especially for the new programmes of study for English and supports a mastery approach to the teaching and learning of grammar and punctuation. The focus from the outset is on explicit teaching, rich practice, deep understanding and fluency in application. Teaching is aimed at the whole class and lessons build on prior learning, linking to other areas of the curriculum wherever possible. All pupils are encouraged to move at the same pace through the lessons and are given the same opportunity to fully understand the concept being taught. Like […]

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Poetry is for life, not just for school

When my mother went to school in the 1930s, her timetable included ‘PT’. When I went to school in the 1960s, it had become ‘PE’ – and remains so today. Both PT and PE are ‘physical’, but ‘training’ is arguably more regimented than ‘exercise’. At the end of the day, the desired result is the same: to exercise young bodies. Much the same can be said of teaching methods across the curriculum, not least in the area of literacy. Names change, methods vary, but the desired outcome is universal literacy and to instil in children a love of books and […]

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