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Summer Learning

It’s the summer holidays.  Our first instinct as parents is a sigh of relief – no more packed lunches, no more homework!  Unfortunately learning loss over summer is a real problem and this is particularly true for younger students and for students with a learning difficulty. Research suggests students may lose more than one month […]

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Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits

This book is based on the premise that real change occurs as a result of the compounding effect of hundreds of small decisions. Miniscule changes are easier to make and sustain and therefore are more likely to result in long-term, and even institutional, change. A 1% change isn’t particularly noticeable or sometimes it is not […]

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Impact of oral vocabulary

Impact of Oral Vocabulary on Reading

It is well known that there is a complex interplay between oral vocabulary knowledge and reading. This includes: Increased oral vocabulary knowledge is directly associated with increased comprehension. You need to be familiar with the majority of the words in a sentence to understand the sentence. Readers (including children) are much more likely to accurately […]

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Stolen sentences

Stolen Sentences

This is a really simple idea for helping students develop more interesting and complex sentences. Make a pile of strips of paper and coloured markers readily available. As you read stories aloud, encourage students to note sentences that ‘speak to them’. When a sentence resonates with a student he/she asks the teacher to stop, takes […]

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