Category Archives: Teaching Ideas

What Message Are We Really Giving Our Kids?

 I have been completing a number of strength and weakness charts recently. If you are interested in knowing how I do this, you may click over here. Now, whenever I complete a chart like this, a child is ALWAYS able … Continue reading

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Motivating Forces Part 1

A few weeks ago, I posted about Rick Lavoie’s Myths About Motivation.  This post is a continuation on the theme of motivation, as inspired by Lavoie’s new book. According to Lavoie, there are eight forces that motivate us. Now although … Continue reading

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Check – A one word strategy!

Do you hate moaning? Do you hate hearing yourself doing the moaning? At the beginning of each new year or class group, I ask my students the question, “How do we listen?” Of course they come up with ears, and … Continue reading

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Myths About Motivation

Richard Lavoie – One of the greatest assets to the teaching profession. I have been using his strategies for years and his presentations provide significant insight into the daily experience, emotion and turbulence of a child with a learning disability. … Continue reading

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Good, Better, Best!

I love this simple strategy that I read about a few weeks ago and I have been experimenting with it in my classroom and my home … and now I can’t seem to find where I got it from, so … Continue reading

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Top Teachers Are In A Class Of Their Own

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post about “What Makes A Good Teacher.” Here is the link to the article written by Monique Ross from ABC NEWS. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/17/3246693.htm Monique has also encouraged her readers to think about their own … Continue reading

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Learned Helplessness and Resillience

Every teacher and parent should read the article written by Simone Wallington from the Parentshop. Simone uses a great video to show how students learn “helplessness.” It is SO quick and easy for some children and adults to learn to feel … Continue reading

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What Makes a Good Teacher?

It’s a good question… Apparently tomorrow I am being interviewed by ABC News Online, in response to the NEITA award I won last year. They want to have a chat with me about what makes a good teacher. While grappling … Continue reading

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The Mechanics of Writing: Solutions and Strategies

I have received a number of emails requesting help on how I deal with children who have handwriting difficulties. Have you seen the child who: • Takes ages to write • Has difficulty “getting” it all out on to paper … Continue reading

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TWO vs FOUR HUNDRED AND NINE

Reports! Sigh and sigh again. That word signifies every  teachers’ stressful nightmare.  I have just completed a weekend marathon of report writing for all my students. Reporting has come a long way since I was young. My elementary school report … Continue reading

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