Strategies for Struggling Readers

Wednesday, 15 May 2019 8:46:23 pm Australia/Sydney

4 Strategies for the Struggling Reader

Reading can be daunting and overwhelming to some students, but it doesn’t have to be. For those students that are struggling with reading, we have collected a variety of techniques to help them gain confidence and improve their reading ability.

Before we delve straight into our strategies, we focus on what is reading, how we learn to read, and what aspects may be difficult for students. As you know, the more information the better when it comes to teaching.

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TeacherspayTeachers vs The Wheel vs the rest

Friday, 29 March 2019 11:15:53 am Australia/Sydney

Which Marketplace for Teacher Sellers?

Updated 2019

There are a few marketplaces out there for teachers to start sharing and selling their resources online. In May 2018 we compared Teachers Pay Teachers, TES, The Wheel, and Designed by Teachers. In the last 12 months, Designed by Teachers closed down and was rebranded into another site. Teacher’s Notebook and a few others have also closed down. So what does that mean for Australian Teacher Sellers? Is it a viable option?

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6 Problems with Literacy Circles

Monday, 18 March 2019 9:54:29 pm Australia/Sydney

6 Problems with Literature Circles

Are your Literature Circles working? How do you know? Are they just a fad that you’re trying because you feel like you should?

They certainly have their benefits, but these 6 problems with literature circles may make you think twice about using, or keeping them, in your classroom.

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Reciprocal Teaching or Literature Circles

Saturday, 9 March 2019 9:14:13 pm Australia/Sydney

Which is best? Reciprocal Teaching or Literature Circles?

Reciprocal teaching or literature circles? Which one has a greater impact on student learning? Which method can be carried on throughout the years? Is there a marked difference between the two? And more importantly, how hard are they to set up?

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9 Literacy Strategies for Writing

Thursday, 28 February 2019 1:17:38 pm Australia/Sydney

9 Literacy Strategies for Writing

Society has not totally abandoned the written form for communication, and we never will. Teaching students to write does not have to be a difficult process. We have sorted through the collections of resources out there and found 9 great strategies that any teacher can use regardless of student abilities and technology used. Enter your next writing lesson with confidence using any of these 9 strategies for writing.

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9 Literacy Strategies for Reading Comprehension

Monday, 18 February 2019 9:48:45 pm Australia/Sydney

9 simple and effective literacy strategies for reading comprehension that any teacher can use. These strategies help students build on their beginning reading capabilities up to being able to decode and understand any type of text.

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How To Manage Your First Class

Friday, 18 January 2019 7:03:41 am Australia/Sydney

How to survive your first day in the classroom. A graduate’s guide to the first day with your new class following 3 key ideas shared by a recent graduate.

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Which type of teacher are you?

Wednesday, 24 October 2018 10:12:00 pm Australia/Sydney

Do you work with one of these?

Ever wondered what type of teacher you are or who you work with? Maybe you are a combination of more than one (hopefully not The Dictator and Full Metal Jacket). Read on to see the different teacher types.

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Don't Ban Phones in Schools

Monday, 25 June 2018 8:09:30 pm Australia/Sydney

As a teacher, don’t ban phones in schools

All this blaming in the news lately of mobile phones being the cause or expediting the issues of bullying and harassment is ridiculous. Phones are not the issue but a medium. If bullying is such a concern, why aren’t we teaching them what to do?

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Facebook to Promote your Resources

Tuesday, 29 May 2018 5:08:13 pm Australia/Sydney

Facebook Groups for Joining and Marketing

Facebook is a wonderful tool to promote your latest resource. Your business page might be full of your wonderful ideas, but groups allow you to connect with even more relevant members. Use the following list to find relevant groups just for you.

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Selling your first resource

Sunday, 27 May 2018 6:17:28 pm Australia/Sydney

What can a teacher sell or share?

It’s such a common question by first-time teacher sellers, “I don’t know what to share.” Everything you use in the classroom has been begged, borrowed or stolen. You’ve purchased and modified and manipulated to get it to fit your teaching style. So how can you sell or share your teaching resources? We give you a simple guide to help decide what your first resource should be.

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TpT alternatives

Saturday, 12 May 2018 9:04:08 pm Australia/Sydney

The Best Teacher Seller Platform

Looking to start selling? Not sure what is value for money or the better platform? We compare all the sites available to teachers and students as well what will work for you. Is there only one winner?? We compare TpT, TES, The Wheel, and Designed by Teachers.

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6 Benefits of Selling your Education

Monday, 23 April 2018 5:20:19 pm Australia/Sydney

The 6 Benefits of Selling and Sharing Online

It is an increasingly popular activity for teachers to sell their classroom activities, lesson plans, units of work, strategies for literacy and numeracy, or tools to help beginning teachers, or casual and relief teachers. Students are also selling their English sample essay structures or sample essay guides. Other popular subjects are Physics, Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, PDHPE, Economics, History, and Extension subjects for their notes, summaries, practice questions, and diagrams.

Are there any benefits to selling and sharing for teachers and students? Can it really make a difference, or is it just “cheating”?


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4 Tips for Keeping Motivated During the Break

Friday, 20 April 2018 10:41:46 am Australia/Sydney

With the holiday break upon us, it's only natural to be kicking back. But with just a few easy initiatives, it's easy to ensure that you restart the semester ready to go. So, here are our 4 tips to a balanced break over these school holidays.

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Using Tech in the Classroom

Friday, 13 April 2018 11:28:48 am Australia/Sydney

Modern day students are a different breed. They live and breathe technology. To be an effective educator, you need to be tech-savvy. The 21st-century classroom functions like a well-oiled machine when educators balance the use of technology, digital media skills as well as the integration of fast thinking mentalities presented by learners. Read on to find out more about today's most cutting-edge technological tools to facilitate teaching.

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Cramming Made Easy with The Wheel

Monday, 9 April 2018 10:18:19 am Australia/Sydney

Outright cramming is frowned upon, and with good reason. It is part of humanity and integrity to do the right thing. In the education system, the right thing will be to study all the time and ask questions to get clear answers. However, it is not possible to have a 100% retention rate on everything that has been learned during a given period. Truth be told, everyone has had to cram at some point. Even the Einsteins and Steven Hawkings of the world. There is just no way that every tiny detail can be mastered. There comes a time when one needs to cram. Innovative educational platforms such as The Wheel are great for cramming, read on to find out why!

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Lessons Learnt From Failing a Test

Tuesday, 3 April 2018 10:52:17 am Australia/Sydney

Failing tests is faced with trepidation. But is it possible to learn vital lessons from failing? Read on to find out what those lessons are.

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Is Education Failing Our Youth

Monday, 2 April 2018 6:44:08 pm Australia/Sydney

Is Education Failing Our Youth?


In over 100 years, education has not changed dramatically. We still run the same system today that we did all those years ago. Bells, classrooms, uncomfortable seating, prescribed content and mandated testing, but society and employment have moved beyond this paradigm. Sure, we no longer discriminate as to who can attend or what level someone can reach, but what changes have we really made? And have we lost the true essence of education?


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Top 8 Tips and Tricks for Selling on The Wheel

Monday, 19 March 2018 11:38:40 pm Australia/Sydney

Top 8 Tips and Tricks for Sellers

These are our Top 8 Tips and Tricks to ensure you have a successful selling career on The Wheel. Uploading your first resource, or you are ready to take your selling to the next level, make sure you have read our great tips. Selling resources may be a long-term plan for income, but it doesn't have to be time-consuming. The Wheel is unique, and although there is a small learning curve, like anything new, these tricks will ensure your products look professional and are easily promoted.

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Endless Forms of Financial Freedom with The Wheel

Monday, 12 March 2018 3:50:29 pm Australia/Sydney

Being an educator—for most, is more of a calling than a profession. As rewarding as the job can be, the long hours and overtime at home can be taxing. Especially when tallied to the pay check. Whether consciously or unconsciously, educators are satiated when students excel. Part of the challenges faced by educators include coming up with essential, exciting and easy to understand content for students. Striking the right balance between understanding, simplicity and adhering to the syllabus requires hundreds of hours of planning, writing and rewriting.

Managing to crack the code and develop engaging content, makes it easier for students to understand the course. More excitingly, they go on to share it with their friends. However, the immediate circle of friends is rather small. That is why more and more educators go on to search for platforms that liaise with educators and students.

The Wheel can help put a lot of things into perspective.

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Teachers with guns

Sunday, 4 March 2018 6:28:56 pm Australia/Sydney

Teachers with guns?!?!

GUNS!! We can barely get resources! We work in old buildings, overcrowding, overworked and underpaid. We use outmoded technology while teaching future learning. Teachers are amazing people who can turn boring paperwork and limited resources into fantastic lessons and brilliant learning opportunities. They can change, diversify and differentiate a lesson to 30 different learning styles. They raise many children, and sometimes, even better than their parents. Every teacher chose their profession simply to enable lifelong learning. To see a child have that lightbulb moment. Sorry Mr President. We didn’t start teaching to carry a gun to shoot the student we couldn’t save or protect.

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How to become a Teacher Author

Sunday, 18 February 2018 5:23:21 pm Australia/Sydney

Are you ready to start selling?

More and more teachers are online trying to find resources to improve their classrooms and lessons. Have you seen other's work and thought..."I can do that!" Before you start selling, read the following post on how to set up a safe and secure store. Don't be forced to shut your store down, or make the same mistake as others and have to change your store due to issues with your resources.

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The best age to start school

Sunday, 4 February 2018 4:04:42 pm Australia/Sydney

What age to start your child in school?

It’s a debate that has become more and more vocal over the last few years. Parents with children born close to the Department cutoff dates always ask – should I send my child early or wait? Please, for the love of your child and if possible, wait. As a High School teacher for over 15 years, believe it or not, we can tell who is the youngest in the year group. Read on for all the reasons why.


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Teaching Work/Life Balance

Wednesday, 24 January 2018 3:32:14 pm Australia/Sydney

Work life balance as a teacher

Many teachers struggle with developing a good work/life balance. I know the old saying about doing something you're passionate about and you will never work again, and teaching is definitely a passion - we certainly do not do it for the money!! Regardless, it is very difficult with all the marking, planning, preparing, report writing and more, to be able to have some type of work and life balance. The best way to make a start is to be organised. These simple steps won’t solve all your teaching issues, but they will give you a great way to get started and stay on track for the year. Don’t forget to comment and tell us how you stay organised.

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Early Career Teacher opportunities

Tuesday, 9 January 2018 10:53:19 am Australia/Sydney

To all the new teachers – Be forewarned

As a new year begins, all bright and shiny withresolutions, the next cohort of new graduate and early career teachers get prepared for the year ahead. Whether Secondary or Primary, there will be some similarities in challenges and obstacles within your first few years as any other teaching looking to gain permanency. It is an exciting time, but one that can lead to many quitting early on in their career. The following are things that Mr Holland’s Opus or Dead Poet’s Society didn’t explain. It’s not quite as bad as The Simpsons or a Black Mirror episode, though some days it can feel that way.

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The Wheel moves forward

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 10:32:30 pm Australia/Sydney

Building a dream

With more than 15 years experience as a High School teacher in Australia, I knew there was a better way for teachers, tutors, students and their parents to make learning and delivering world class education more accessible. Our current reliance on outside agencies and publishers to dictate how we teach needed to change. The Wheel came from a lot of searching, planning, and building a platform that moves education forward, every teacher, every student, every classroom. This is a brief history of how The Wheel began.

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Questioning Techniques

Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:55:47 pm Australia/Sydney

Questioning Techniques

Questioning students should be a way to better understand the extent of students knowledge. It is a quick assessing tool that can be used throughout the lesson, however, too many teachers use questions to keep students awake. Use these 5 different techniques to make sure your nest lesson has a greater impact, not only on your students but on the way you teach.

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How to run one hour food practicals

Thursday, 16 November 2017 1:03:17 pm Australia/Sydney

5 Tips to Run One Hour Practicals

When planning and preparing practical lessons, many teachers struggle with the one-hour time slot for cooking. Don't worry! Read on to find the Top 5 ways to organise and manage your one-hour practicals to ensure a clean room, full bellies, and a happy teacher. Read further for even more great tips and tricks. 

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The Wheel is an educational networking and resource marketplace that connects educators and students with knowledge, resources and tools to excel. Either digital or physical, each product is created to assist educators or students researching or preparing for a specific subject matter. The Wheel was founded by Michael de Main, a NSW Secondary Teacher.