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Category Archives: Reflective Teaching

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

Exclusive Interview With John Walker – Teaching Reading and Spelling

This week I have the pleasure of welcoming John Walker to the Top Notch Teaching Community. John is one of the creators and trainers of the Sounds-Write program. Sounds-Write is a linguistic phonics program that teaches reading, spelling and writing. You can find out more about Sounds-Write by visiting their website: http://www.sounds-write.co.uk/. I also wrote… Continue Reading

Benefits Of Reading: 17 Tremendous Reasons To Read Daily

Benefits Of Reading: 17 Tremendous Reasons To Read Daily

There are numerous studies out there that share the benefits of reading. Some of those benefits include improved sleep, increased vocabulary and it helps to reduce stress. But what are some reasons for kids to read? How can we encourage children to pick up a book and read? When I asked my Little Miss 6… Continue Reading

Mistakes Most First Year Teachers Make

Mistakes Most First Year Teachers Make

Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it, I have a job! But, they want me to start on Monday….How am I going to organise everything and plan lessons so that I have something to teach next week??? That was my introduction to teaching. I received the phone call on Thursday and they wanted me to… Continue Reading

50 Remarkable Teachers Give Helpful Back To School Tips

50 Remarkable Teachers Give Helpful Back To School Tips

Heading back to school continues to be a source of excitement and trepidation for all teachers, even more so for new teachers in their first couple of years of teaching. There are so many parts to think about, plan and organize. Sadly, many teachers begin the year stressed and tired even before that first day… Continue Reading

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

I hope you’ve had a good week. This week there is a link to a free book that talks about why some children learn to read easily and others don’t; an interesting interview with John Hattie on uniforms, homework and extra curricular activities; the problems with whole language; good ideas to simplify STEM for little learners; and why… Continue Reading

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

I hope you’ve had a good week. This week there is a letter to the Education Minister, some Google Chrome hacks, good advice for parents about synthetic phonics and ideas about sharing. I hope you enjoy the articles and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. Minister, Reading Recovery Requires More Than Reading… Continue Reading

100 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Teacher

100 Things I’ve Learned About Being a Teacher

I’ve been doing this teaching thing for a few years now and in that time I have had many varied roles. Along the way I’ve had lows, but also many highs…..and I’ve also learned a thing or two (or 100!). These are the top 100 things I’ve learned about being a teacher. 1. If you see… Continue Reading

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

Reading Roundup: What’s Happening in Education Lately

Welcome to the end of another work week. So what’s been happening in education and teaching this week? You’ll find an inspirational video from a school in the UK, a fun math fact for cutting cakes, learning styles busted and some good advice when talking to schools about a child’s literacy difficulty. You May Think… Continue Reading

Are You A Morning Person?

Are You A Morning Person?

Do you hate mornings? Do you wonder how on earth you’re going to get out of bed some mornings? Can you imagine how great it would be to energetically jump out of bed in the morning, ready to start your day? For those of you who know me (that’s you Donna ;-)), you know that I… Continue Reading