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Incorporating A Digital Reading Program Into My Primary Classroom

Gary Matthews

Gary is a year 3 teacher who works in a large public school in Sydney which has over 1000 students. He has been teaching for 20 years and has used Wushka successfully with years 3, 4 and 5 over the past two years. Gary currently uses Wushka in a co-teaching learning space with 60 students.

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What Does STEM Mean In Early Childhood?

Brea Brand

The term ‘STEM’ is often a grey area for educators and parents alike. What exactly is it? How do I incorporate it into my curriculum planning or home? What resources do I need to help me do this? Well, STEM refers to the integrative exploration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The focus on STEM

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Sensory Play For Children….Why Is It Important?

Mel Ishkhanian

Children gain information from the world around them from the moment they are born. They use innate reflexes to respond to external stimuli such as the sucking reflex to feed. As they grow and develop, babies and children continue to process and respond to their environment using their senses. Often we see very young babies

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Positive Ways To Manage Playground Politics

Sonja Walker

As teachers, we play many roles. Educator, counsellor, first aider and, occasionally, referee when children come into conflict with one another.   Playground politics can be tricky. There are always at least two sides to every story and it can be hard to work out what went wrong and how to help children fix it.

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BACK TO SCHOOL: Getting Organised For The New School Year

Heidi Overbye

When you think about the new school year, how do you feel? Motivated? Excited? Nervous? Anxious? I usually feel a combination of all of the above! On top of all these feelings, it’s easy to feel incredibly overwhelmed during this very busy time of year. I find the easiest way to beat that overwhelmed feeling

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Increasing Risk Taking In The Classroom

Ashleigh Underwood

No doubt we have all experienced the anticipation; waiting patiently, tapping a red pen, possibly even nervously biting our nails, eager to tick or cross our answers to that test. Whether it’s the weekly trivia quiz or a Year 5 spelling exam, all of us have experienced the desire to find out whether or not

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Inclusive Education… Making Sure That Parents Are Part Of The Picture

Sonja Walker

Most teachers chose their profession because they love working with children. You might be one of them. You love to inspire young minds, enjoy sharing your passions and perhaps you even quite like the challenge that comes with transforming reluctant learners into confident classroom contributors.

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The Importance And Possibilities Of Play

Kim Moroney

Play matters! In fact, there has never been a more prolific time than now for research into the importance of play. In this blog post, Kim Moroney Education Officer of Early Learning at the Catholic Schools Office in Newcastle advocates for the importance of play for every child.

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Setting Up Your Classroom For The Year Ahead

Heidi Overbye

With over 60,000 instagram followers, Heidi Overbye  inspires teachers around the world with her creative flair,  spectacular learning spaces and inspiring lessons on a daily basis. Here she shares five ways to help prepare teachers for the school year ahead.

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How To Support Students Who Struggle With Separation Anxiety

Sonja Walker

Separation anxiety is common in many children, and teachers all over the country deal with it every year.  Sonja Walker, Founder of Kids First Children’s Services shares her successful strategies for supporting both children and parents.

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