Tips to help teachers develop their students' learning, literacy and writing skills.
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How to write what you want to say... in the primary years
Young writers who struggle with putting their ideas into writing need language to help them. This book provides that language in the form of sentence starters and connectives. It also provides graphic organisers to help young writers organise their thoughts - a process necessary for good writing. How to write what you want to say... in the primary years provides parents, teachers and young writers with a tool for improving writing. It is suitable for Years 2 to 6.
a quote that reads looking students into learning is so easy to use and relevant for beginning teachers
Hooking Students into Learning … in all curriculum areas
I love to hear how my resources have been put to work in your classroom!
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logonliteracy: Demystifying the how-to of teaching literacy
And unlike our real passports, we can all use a book right now! 📚 Where are you visiting through your latest book?
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Mastering commonly confused words
‘Alot’ is just not a word. It is usually used when writers mean ‘a lot’ or, less often, ‘allot’. It's a commonly confused word, just like their/they’re and their; to/too/two; here/hear; where/ware/wear; etc. If you think about it, these words are already confused so wouldn’t putting them together further add to the confusion? I think it would. For more advice on helping your students to master commonly confused words check out logonliteracy.com.au.
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Hooking Students Into Learning... in all Curriculum Areas.
It doesn't have to be difficult to fit more literacy-building activities into your lessons. Hook exercises - quick, simple activities that get your students in the right mindset to learn - are the perfect way for students to practise writing and reading skills or build their vocabulary. You can find hundreds of hook exercises that can be adapted to any subject in my 464-page guide: Hooking Students Into Learning... in all Curriculum Areas.
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When reading is not reading | logonliteracy
It is very common for people to say to me that their child reads but doesn't understand. This is not reading. In this week's blog post we look at the difference between reading and decoding.
a blue background with the words writing plan will indicate at a glance whether your students have enough to say about a topic
Why Plan Writing | logonliteracy
Children are usually reluctant planners when it comes to writing, with many preferring to just get on with it. ✏️ Good writing requires structure and organisation but, most importantly, it requires students to actually have something worthy to write about. 🧑🏽‍🏫 As a teacher, there are techniques you can implement to quickly check if your students have enough to say and show your students how easy it is to properly plan their writing.
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How to write what you want to say... in science | logonliteracy
Finding the right words to put thoughts into words can be difficult for young writers - even without the added complications of scientific writing. Scientific writing usually: 🔬 conveys factual information 🔬 has a formal, academic tone 🔬 avoids personal pronouns, contractions and clichés 🔬 is impartial How to Write What You Want to Say... in Science will provide them with a starting point to improve the sophistication of their writing and meet the expectations for scientific reports.
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Posters & Graphic Organisers
Not only do graphic organisers make it easier for students to plan their writing - but they also make life easier for teachers! Incorporating graphic organisers into your assignments will encourage your students to properly plan their work and let you easily see if they have enough information to turn their ideas into writing.
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How to teach your students to demonstrate a thinking skill through writing
When teaching students to demonstrate a thinking skill, we can't introduce a new cognitive verb or skill, model it once and then expect the students to demonstrate it on their own successfully. In this blog post, we take a look at the steps you should use to teach your students to demonstrate a thinking skill through writing.
the words also know as anticipatory sets, warm ups or lesson starts, hook exercises switch students into learning mode
Tips to help new teachers start lessons effectively
One of the easiest ways to fit more writing and reading practice into your lessons is to embrace the hook exercise. Designed to be short and sharp, these activities can usually be independently completed by students while you focus on the administrivia that we all face at the start of each lesson.
the word archipelago is a great example of a simple concept tagged by a complex word
Strategies for helping students understand new words
Some words tag simple to understand ideas, but the word itself may not be so simple. On the other hand, some words are pretty simple, but the concept they represent is more complex for students to understand. Because of this, teachers need to have several strategies on hand to teach students how to understand different words. In my blog post, Strategies for helping students understand new words, we look at how to tackle these words.
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The second edition of my best-selling little blue book and the new student workbook will give your students practice in deconstructing and constructing texts that demonstrate writing skills. They will be able to use fit for purpose graphic organisers, sentence starters and language for connecting sentences which will help them become confident writers.
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The link between reading and writing
It is not uncommon for schools to tell me that they have a particular focus for a year. These include reading, writing, information and communication technology, higher-order thinking, numeracy, etc. All are worthy of focus, but it does concern me when schools focus on reading and writing separately. Our students don't have much-lived experience because they are so young. Reading is vital as it gives them topic knowledge and something to write about.
a notebook with the title how to write what you want to say in mathmatics
It's a common fallacy that mathematics does not require students to write. In fact, the writing demands of maths subjects can be more challenging with students required to produce correct writing and accurate mathematics. 'How to write what you want to say... in mathematics' helps students turn their ideas and arguments into words. It also contains tips to help students write mathematical reports.