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Grapheme Bottle

Find the Graphemes in a Bottle

For many children, especially those with poor working memory, many repetitions are required for the information to be stored in long-term memory. Another important component of learning is paying attention. If children are not engaged and paying attention, then no learning will occur. Providing variety, can be an effective way of keeping students engaged. ‘Find […]

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Writing

Clichés

Before computers, printing involved carving letters out of wooden  blocks, then dropping the blocks into metal to create a ‘stereotype’ from which to print.  The French word for this was ‘clicher’, a variant of ‘cliquer’ meaning ‘to click’. Some phrases or groups of words commonly go together, so instead of laboriously grouping single letters or […]

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Reading

Homonyms

Homonyms are words that are pronounced and spelled the same, but have different meanings. This video clip provides a fun way of introducing this concept to students. Challenge students to make a list of other homonyms and then use the list to: Create a joke or riddle. Create their own video clip. Create a game […]

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Reading

Reading Comprehension & Technology

Whether we like it or not, digital reading is now an integral part of our daily lives and becoming increasingly prevalent.  Although there are many similarities between using and comprehending digital and paper texts, there are some key differences and we cannot assume that students will learn the skills associated with reading digital texts. Due […]

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Improving Older Students’ Reading Skills

It can be very difficult to improve the reading skills of older students. The general trend is that with intervention these students make slow, incremental improvements, but the gap between them and their peers typically stays the same, or widens. Kilpatrick (2021) discusses research by Torgensen et al. (2001) whose aim was to discover if […]

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