Virtual Manipulatives: Interactive whiteboard/TV resources for primary teachers

Virtual Manipulatives is a free interactive website which offers a range of resources for primary teachers. Teachers can select a grade, from Reception to Year 4, then choose a range of backgrounds and manipulatives. I love the bear counters for Reception. When you place them on the boat they actually sit down!  And the MAB blocks,  you can split them and then put them back together. Awesome resources.

Free Resources For Teaching Puberty

Many years ago, I was approached by U-Kotex to create Smart Notebook resources for teachers, which were also converted into Power Point resources. OMG. RSI city! I recall working on the documents after school and on weekends, trying to meet deadlines. I used a wrist braise to support my hand when working on my computer but I made it in the end 😂. Did I earn much money, no not […]

Free Early Years Literacy Resources

Literacy Solutions is a company which offers professional support for educators through workshops, consulting, online courses and resources. You can visit their resource page for free, downloadable resources. Resources include black line masters for reading activities, deskmats, charts and prompt cards.

Turing complete- Computer science

The Turing machine, hypothesised by Alan Turing, was originally led by the question, ‘Can complex thinking be mechanised?’  It is an abstract machine that manipulates symbols (consisting of zeros and ones), according to a set of rules (code).  A Turing machine can be  thought of as an infinite piece of tape (which acts like the memory in a typical computer). It essentially has a read/write head that goes over the top of […]

Ideas For Teaching Middle Years Drama

Drama is such a fun curriculum subject to teach but for many it can be scary, as it may be out of your ‘comfort zone’. Admittedly I felt this way for several years and tried avoiding it. Then one year, I decided to embrace it and learn how to teach it. If you have the same feeling I had, my advice is to simply give it a go, you will […]

Ideas for teaching length

There are many different activities for teaching length. In this blog, I’m sharing a few tasks which not only work, but students actually enjoy. Broken Ruler: Andrea wanted to measure the length of the leaf she had collected for Science. All she could find was a broken ruler. She lined up the ruler and the leaf as shown below. a) Can you say how long the leaf is using the broken […]

Motivating students to want to learn

Kids don’t learn from people they don’t like. Firstly, treat your students the same as you’d like to be treated. Each year, on the first day I tell my students that I am not going to clap , whistle, put my hand up, ring a bell or chant to get their attention because if someone did that to me, I wouldn’t like it. I let them know that there is one […]

Teaching fantasy texts?

Fantasy is my favourite genre with one of my favourite authors being Christopher Paolini, author of Eragon. However, teaching the genre can be rather challenging. There are so many elements which bind together to create a fantasy realm. It pushes teachers and students beyond the traditional narrative themes. Watch this: As with any genre, I begin with students deconstructing texts. I like to use student’s work samples so that students […]

The Computer Science Field Guide

The Computer Science Field Guide is an online resource for teaching Computer Science to students. It is a New Zealand based project, providing  content in the form of text (both for students and guidance for teachers), images and interactives.  The project was formed because people often confuse computer science with programming. “Computer science is about tools and techniques for designing and building applications that are very fast, have great interfaces, […]