MTA Book Blog August Picture Books

Picture Books For Unsettling Times

Emily Bruce

Welcome back to the MTA Book Blog, this month coming to you from my lockdown book cave here in Sydney. If you haven’t had chance yet, do check out the previous book blog post, Telling the Story of Lockdown, posted back in June. At the time, I could never have guessed that we were only

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Back-to-School Essentials

Eleni Kyritsis

Every new school year brings with it a level of excitement for both teachers and students. It is my favourite time of the year as everyone begins with a fresh start and an enthused energy for the year ahead. For teachers, we have the privilege of getting to teach a new class of students, designing

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Joy Allcock Catching Up Your Code

Alphabetic Code Knowledge – The Key To Unlocking Written English

Joy Allcock

We are faced with unprecedented challenges in education at the moment. Teachers are juggling face-to-face teaching and distance learning and wondering what they should do to maximise learning opportunities for their students. John Hattie has some wise advice. “We should focus on the things that can have the greatest impact and stop being distracted by

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18 Tips And Tricks For Educators New To Remote Teaching

Arduino Education

With much of the world under lockdown, schools closed, and parents and students working and learning from home, educators everywhere are finding alternative ways of teaching their classes remotely. Many schools are set up for some kind of remote learning, but there are an equal number for whom this is a whole new world, especially

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Let’s Get Organised! Classroom Organisation And Storage Tips

Heidi Overbye

‘Now where did I put that…?’ Raise your hand if you’ve asked yourself this question AT LEAST a hundred times in the past school year. You’re not alone if you have both hands raised! As teachers, it’s totally normal for us to misplace items among the many resources, documents, books, folders, lesson plans, stationery etc.

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Sustainability In The Early Years

Laura Bombara

Young children in many early childhood settings around the world are demonstrating awareness of their impact on the environment and ways to minimise it. A five-year-old in Ireland reportedly explained to an international research group that sustainability means ‘to save the world for later’

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The Proud Foots Adventure Series: Q&A With Author Lucas Proudfoot

Lucas Proudfoot

Lucas Proudfoot is one of Australia’s most versatile children’s performers, playing guitar, didgeridoo and stomp box to over 120,00 kids each year. He is a multi-platform storyteller, sharing stories through his music, books and live performances. Following the release of his first book, Shaka Shaka Hawaii, from his five-part adventure book series, The Proud Foots,

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Magic And Wonder: Creating A World Where Children Lead

Neville Dwyer

“Drink in the beauty and wonder at the meaning of what you see.” Rachel Carson   I recently watched the film ‘Mary Poppins Returns’, and as the film came to a wonderful and uplifting end, I was struck by a couple of strong elements that weave their way through the film and demonstrate how we

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Fostering Independence

Sonya McIntyre

We often think of independence in young children as an end goal, something to work towards with the finish line being adulthood. What we often don’t consider, however, is that there is no magical point in time where we think, “AHA…we passed the line, independence has been achieved!”

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Building Resilient Kids One Classroom At A Time

Sonja Walker

In its recent review of early intervention resources for children from birth to 12 years, Australia’s National Mental Health Commission found that 83 per cent of experts agreed that ‘increasing resilience among children aged 0–12 could potentially prevent mental health issues during childhood and/or later in life’. As teachers, we know that our students’ well-being

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