Author Archives: Mary Tarwala

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Elite Principals in Schools

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The positive effect of parents’ socio-economic standing (SES) is less than it used to be and the negative effect of staff turnover in larger primary schools is now greater.

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Reading for Pleasure, Primary School

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Leisure reading produces fluency with the high frequency of words. Middle ranking texts extend general knowledge. All have a place and must be assessed in different ways.

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Mark the Student’s Work

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Immediate feedback is the most effective way for the child to learn. You could say, “I helped you with this one. Do you think you earned your mark?” Then give them an encouragment mark.

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Enquiry Learning Needs Review

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Students need information to manipulate in their minds.  It needs to be presented in an orderly, structured and comprehensible way, appropriate to their level of language and intellectual maturity.

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How to Use Flash Cards, Literacy

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Place each card in front of your child. One after the other and say the word yourself. Go through this once or twice. Slowly. Then go through again. Say each word again. Ask your child to repeat each word after you…

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Bees Knees Reading Method

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Bee’s Knees Reading Method Teaching Early Reading – What next?  Your young learner knows the letters of the alphabet and their matching sounds. Whether we call them Magic Words, Sight Words or High Frequency Words doesn’t matter. Some people claim that sight words are a bad thing. Their argument is that they are very hard to […]

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Improve Hand-Writing, Literacy

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The 3-Point Principle is: Model the letter. The 3-Point Principle is: Model the letter. Work on a couple of problem letters per week. Say: All downstrokes are straight, all upstrokes slant to the right.

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Reader Sets in Primary Schools

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Readers can confuse because each publisher uses their own reading level codes. Levels vary between schools depending on the publisher used.

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Behind the Scene in Schools

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You could find that Grade 3 material is being taught as if it is Grade 2. And children are being assessed for Grade 2 on Grade 3 materials.

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