Posts by Kristy Lam

Gamification in the K-12 Classroom

The use of gamified resources is growing in school classrooms. So what exactly is gamification, why gamify learning, and how does it improve outcomes? Gamification is the integration of game principles, mechanics and design techniques into a non-game based context or activity. It is different to game-based learning, such as learning how to problem-solve by…

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Phonics and Sight Words Program

Why is a Phonics and Sight Words program important? An explicit, systematic approach to the teaching of phonics and word recognition skills is recognised as foundational to reading and writing development. Every comprehensive government review of reading instruction, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, outline that a cohesive and explicit literacy program…

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Tips on creating lesson plans

Planning a lesson that is curriculum-aligned, engaging and memorable can be quite difficult, especially with limited time. Is it most effective to plan out week by week, month by month or the entire year? Here are some tips we’ve gathered from teachers.  1. Step back and analyse the curriculum. Give yourself some quiet time with…

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Social media guideline for teachers

In a world where food, dates, and flights are a couple of clicks away – it can all be very overwhelming. Especially when it comes to expressing yourself on the World Wide Web as a role model for children and young adults. Where is the line for social media? What do we share, what don’t…

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Word Mania Australia and New Zealand 2019 champions announced!

Australia and New Zealand’s biggest literacy competition has wrapped up for 2019! More than 2000 schools improved their literacy outcomes by participating in Word Mania this year. Run by LiteracyPlanet for Years 1 to 9, Word Mania is based on a digital word building exercise that challenges students to think outside the box and create…

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LiteracyPlanet out and about in August

August

We’re well over halfway through the year and as always the LiteracyPlanet team is having an absolute blast helping improve English literacy outcomes around the world. See what the team has been up to here! Australia and New Zealand continue to impress in Word Mania Word Mania Australia New Zealand has been an incredible success…

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Tips to help your class get a better Word Mania score

Here are six tips to help your class get the best Word Mania score possible, so you’re in a chance of sharing in the prizes. Keep practising, and hopefully your students will qualify for the Final Round! 1. Encourage your students to go for the easy words first Longer, more complex words earn more points,…

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Crystal Palace F.C. wins Word Mania Premier League

To say there’s always a lot going on at LiteracyPlanet would be quite an understatement. Earlier this year we ran a Word Mania competition for the English Premier League, where academy players from some of the biggest football clubs in the world were challenged to test their spelling skills. To make the grade in English…

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Out and about in July

It’s hard to believe, but we’re over halfway through 2019! July is always a busy time for the LiteracyPlanet team, but as always we’ve had an absolute ball helping students around the world engage with our program. See what the team has been up to in July. Australia and New Zealand on track for record-breaking…

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Informative blogs every teacher should follow

Whether you want to keep up with important industry news or simply need a bit of inspiration for a lesson plan, there’s no shortage of informative teacher blogs out there. So you don’t waste your time trawling the murky waters of the internet, we’ve created a shortlist containing six informative blogs every teacher should follow.…

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