Posts by Literacy Planet

Early Literacy a Key Focus for Gonski Funding

Amongst the talk and debate around how schools should use the additional Federal Government funding they will receive following the Gonski review, there is a broadly accepted priority: early literacy. Studies find that 16% of children have reading skills that fall below the average range and 5% have a significant reading impairment. Also that poor…

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Scientific Study Shows LiteracyPlanet Improves Reading Outcomes

A study by leading reading researchers at Macquarie University’s Department of Cognitive Science has found that using LiteracyPlanet with children who are classified as poor readers has significant treatment effects. In the first study of its kind, reading researchers from Macquarie University and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders,…

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Experienced Teachers Share Advice for New Teachers

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A while ago, we asked this question on our Facebook page: what advice would you give to a new teacher? The answers we got were so great, we thought we’d share them with you here – noting some of the common themes that came through! Differentiate your teaching “Treat each child as an individual and…

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11 Classroom Games for Teaching Kids About Adjectives

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Traditional language teaching often focuses on repetition and rote learning, but children want to learn through experience and engagement. Discover how you can make learning fun with these exciting and easy adjective-based language games. 1. Introduce yourself A good game to play at the start of the school year, the teacher can go first and…

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Tips for Giving Feedback to Your Students

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Feedback is essential for student learning, but grading student performance means combining accuracy and empathy while understanding that every student has their own needs. How can you personalise your approach to marking while maintaining consistency across the class? Here are some tips for providing feedback. Give students an accurate assessment of their performance This might…

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8 Fun Ways to Teach Spelling

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Student engagement is essential for any learning experience. In order to keep your students active and attentive during spelling lessons, it’s important to mix-up your teaching methods. Discover how to make learning spelling fun with these eight spelling exercises designed to make learning (and teaching) a blast. 1. Create rhymes and raps using spelling Part…

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9 Expert Tips for Differentiating your Teaching Style

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Differentiation is fundamental to modern teaching standards. By acknowledging the diversity of the learning experience, educators can provide a better learning environment for their students. Discover what the experts have to say with these 10 tips for personalising your lesson. 1. Using playlists to differentiate and personalise Teacher Tracy Enos shares her unique method for…

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9 Ways to Help Students Learn through Gamification

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Gamification involves the application of game-related principles and to non-game contexts such as education in order to improve outcomes. Gamification can keep students engaged throughout the semester, with studies finding an up to a 9% improvement in information retention. But getting the formula right requires an understanding of your classroom and out-of-the-box thinking. Here are…

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How to Engage the 7 Types of Learners in your Classroom

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It’s generally accepted that there are seven different learning styles. While most of us fall across the spectrum of each of these styles, facilitating lessons that are engaging on all levels will give your students the best chance of success. Here we discuss strategies to improve engagement for students of each learning style. 1. Auditory…

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