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This pack includes fun, hands on activities and games for teaching ‘Long E’. These activities are great for individual or small group work. There are also posters that can be…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students learn CVC words? These phonics games are designed to be used in conjunction with your phonics / spelling…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

The objective of this 2D shape bingo and poster pack is to help your students identify, name and describe two dimensional shapes.  Suitable for Grades K-3, 51 pages. What you’ll…

Do you need some fun and engaging ways to help your students revise and practice words during phonics time? Then these phonics board games are just for you. Suitable for…

17 Tremendous Reasons To Love Math

17 Tremendous Reasons To Love Math

Do you ever hear this: I hate math. Why do we have to do this? Math is boring. Math is hard. Math gets a bad rap. Parents and teachers who don’t like math can pass that attitude on to kids who then don’t like math. How we talk about and teach math matters. So how…

5 Things You Need To Know To Be An Exceptional Teacher

5 Things You Need To Know To Be An Exceptional Teacher

Exceptional teachers bring passion for their subject and a love of learning to their classroom. They want to make a difference in their student’s lives. They connect with their students. And they know a few key things too. Don’t worry, exceptional teachers don’t always start that way. They start out good and keep learning and…

Teacher To Teacher: Things You Need To Know As A New Teacher

Teacher To Teacher: Things You Need To Know As A New Teacher

There are things you don’t learn in uni about being a teacher. Some of the things you need to learn are putting theory into practice in the real world of your classroom, but some of them are simply little things that help you survive—and thrive—as a teacher that nobody thinks to tell you. Today, I’ve…

A Note Of Encouragement To New Teachers

A Note Of Encouragement To New Teachers

Dear New Teacher, How is it going? So many of us enter our classrooms for the first time with excitement and energy and ideas about what we will do . . . and a little bit of anxiety. What if I don’t know the answer? What if I can’t manage my students? What if I…

What I Learned About Teaching Literacy My First Year

What I Learned About Teaching Literacy My First Year

True Confession: My first year of teaching, I had no idea how to teach literacy. I used word lists and memorization with students and took a haphazard approach to teaching literacy. I didn’t teach the skills or conceptual knowledge my students needed to read. Not surprisingly, it wasn’t very effective. I hadn’t learned much about…

3 Easy Ways To Practice Phoneme Manipulation

3 Easy Ways To Practice Phoneme Manipulation

A few weeks ago, I talked about 3 essential reading skills that students need to master to be able to decode language. Without these skills, students will struggle with reading and spelling. That means as teachers, we need to provide specific instruction and practice in these skills. Last week, I focused in on segmenting, and before…