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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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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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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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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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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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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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.