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100 Best YouTube Videos for Teachers

21 Must-Read Mystery Books for Kids

There’s no doubt about it, kids love a good whodunnit. And teachers do, too—the pacing and intrigue of a good mystery is often enough to draw even …

10 things every new primary school teacher needs to know

Congratulations on qualifying to enter the world of glitz, glamour and hedonism that is primary education. Sorry, I meant glitter, clamour and headaches – far more exciting. You’re about to embark on one of the most challenging yet rewarding periods of your working life, so here are a few pointers …

Ten easy ways to demonstrate progress in a lesson

This post is a result of my two minute presentation that I recently gave at the Teachmeet at Acklam Grange School in Middlesbrough. It is one of …

Teach the Seven Strategies of Highly Effective Readers

To improve students' reading comprehension, teachers should introduce the seven cognitive strategies of effective readers: activating, inferring, …

Think-Pair-Share | Classroom Strategy

Decide upon the text to be read and develop the set of questions or prompts that target key content concepts.<p>Describe the purpose of the strategy and …

Themed Booklists

Book Finder: Create your own booklists!<p>Search through more than 5,000 books on Reading Rockets to create a custom booklist. Search by author, …

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Story Starters<p>For ideas on using these see our blog post: http://primaryenglished.co.uk/2012/11/write-on-using-visual-writing-prompts/<p>Why Zippers …

Lesson checklist for student teachers

This time last year I was in the classroom without a real clue for how to teach. The thing about experienced teachers is that they make it look so …

10 Ways to Practice Multiplication Facts

Getting your students to practice multiplication facts can be a challenge. I have complied 10 ways to practice multiplication facts, that my students …

I'm a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!

30 comments<p>Here’s a few simple outdoor activities to do that can be easily squeezed into the hectic schedules in schools and pre-schools in the run …

10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results

As a creative school, with a track record in fantastic English results, we are often asked what our specific approach is: how do we teach through the arts yet manage to maintain such high expectations from all our pupils? I'd like to share some of these approaches with you:<p><b>Immersion activities</b><p>How …

Journal Jar

I found a creative way to introduce children to writing and reinforce writing skills and I can't wait to share it with you- <b>journal jars!</b> Aren't these …

15 Science Experiments You Can Do With Your Kids

Time to get messy, light some stuff on fire, and use food products in ways they were never intended! Parents and teachers across the internet have …

Measurement Foldable (FREE)

Customary Measurement Foldable is a three-flap foldable that can be used in a math interactive notebook or as a separate graphic organizer. Students …

food, craft and parenting

My two year old thinks she’s much older than she really is. I blame that mostly on the fact that she has two older sisters, and mimics them more …

Valentines fortune cookies DIY craft - A Thrifty Mom - Recipes, Crafts, DIY and more

Make this years Valentines Day special without breaking the bank.<p>Did you know you can make paper fortune cookies… for pennies!<p>Or FREE if you have …

Gardening with Kids: Eggshell Seedlings

The best kind of home DIY projects are the kind that use recycled materials, and this one does just that. Since summer is coming, we’re doing a …

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