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Learning Times Tables and Professor Jo Boaler

Titled “Fluency Without Fear”, she discusses problems as she and other educators see them, in maths education. The article focuses on memorizing the times tables. Professor Jo Boaler, Mathematics Education Faculty, at Stanford University, wrote an article in early 2015 for https://www.youcubed.org/evidence/fluency-without-fear/ It makes me wonder what on God’s earth is happening in American schools! […]

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Enquiry Tasks in Primary Schools

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An enquiry task is often given to students in Grade 5 with almost no introduction to the topic. That’s the norm. Students are required, for instance, to research an animal within a biome, but very little knowledge of the biome itself. The task can be set in other vacuums. And off they go to to […]

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Reading Comprehension, Paper Vs Digital

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READING COMPREHENSION PAPER VS DIGITAL Ever since we began to use desktops, laptops and more recently, ipads and phones, studies have been done to see if students reading comprehension was better using digital equipment or printed paper. Until recently, studies were inconclusive. Some students (primary and secondary schools) did better on one than the other, […]

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Enquiry Learning Has Pitfalls, Science

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Enquiry Learning Has Pitfalls Enquiry Learning Has Pitfalls discusses problems arising from the introduction of Enquiry tasks to students in primary school. This conversation with my student illustrates many of them. “What are you doing in Science?” I asked. “We don’t do Science,” Year 5 student replied. This was the answer for several minutes of discussion. […]

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Teaching Grade 3 Literacy, Helpful Hints

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Teaching Grade 3 Literacy Grade 3 is the fourth year at school. Prep, Grade 1 and Grade 2 come before this. Grade 3 is a year of transition in a way. It is described as the start of Middle Primary School. Children have put down the roots of good literacy habits. Children should know all […]

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TIMSS Report – Maths And Science, Teaching Science

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TIMSS Report – Maths And Science Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study The TIMSS Report for 2011 states: “…there are serious concerns with respect to primary school teachers’ level of science and mathematics training, and some teachers’ confidence and capacity to deliver lessons in these areas.”  It refers to Australian primary school teachers. The […]

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Technology Teachers And Myths, Teaching

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TECHNOLOGY TEACHERS AND MYTHS Technology teachers, their education websites and journals frequently portray teaching methods of the pre-internet era as ‘obsolete’. Teachers still use pre-internet teaching methods. And all are savagely criticized as outdated. Examples of these views can be found at this website. Here is the link: https://educationtechnologysolutions.com.au What is ‘obsolete’ in their view […]

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PIRLS 2016 Reading Literacy, Australia

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PIRLS 2016 Reading Literacy Australia PIRLS 2016 Reading Literacy results has some telling results. This table lists the percentage of Grade 4 students reaching the Advanced Benchmark at the top end and those NOT reaching even the Low Benchmark at the bottom end. Singapore                        […]

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PIRLS 2016 Reading Test, What It Tells Us

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 PIRLS 2016 Reading Test  What It Tells Us PIRLS stands for Progress in International Reading Literacy Study. Many western nations participate as well as Hong Kong, Singapore, South Africa, some Middle Eastern nations, and the Russian Federation. In regard to the Russian Federation’s outstanding performance on the Grade 4 test, I have recently learned that […]

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Creative Writing – Help The Younger Child

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Creative Writing Help The Younger Child Children need a stimulus to help them with creative writing. How often do parents hear “I don’t know what to write”? A short story from this site, the school library or your public library can help. Using the internet to research a topic, such as an animal, has its […]

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