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How to use rhythm as a tool for writing success

How to use rhythm as a tool for writing success

What brings writing alive for boys brings writing alive for all children, says author Frances Adlam, whose book Writing Success for Boys has just been published by Essential Resources. For children who struggle with writing, Roald Dahl’s words ring true: there’s...

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Why STEM is important in a changing world

Why STEM is important in a changing world

Today’s children will inhabit a challenging, fast-changing world. Encouraging STEM thinking empowers them with the skills to live well, say co-authors of STEM Detectives, Niki Buchan and Bronwyn Cron.   “As the world moves and changes at an ever-increasing pace,...

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An academic expert’s guide to teaching poetry

An academic expert’s guide to teaching poetry

Good poetry offers ways of expressing emotions, capturing experiences and language techniques that stimulate students in ways other genres don’t. So how can teachers get students more engaged in poetry? Poet and writer, Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Te Whiti)...

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The ultimate guide to using SOLO Taxonomy in science

The ultimate guide to using SOLO Taxonomy in science

Melting chocolate and creating foaming snakes are both strategies to build science students’ observation powers in Pam Hook and Willem Tolhoek’s latest book. It presents simple experiments from familiar contexts to guide science students as they investigate the...

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Inspirational ideas for keeping science curiosity alive

Inspirational ideas for keeping science curiosity alive

The old spiritual song “Dem Bones” might not seem like a science lesson. Yet its rhythm and repetition are perfect for helping students pronounce and remember the common and scientific names of bones, says teacher and Essential Resources author, Brenda Greene....

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Why it’s important to be a mentor

Why it’s important to be a mentor

Have you thought about becoming a mentor? Teacher mentors have a potentially life-changing role in encouraging students to be positive influencers in their communities, says Essential Resources author and mentoring expert, Robin Cox.   They can transform the lives of...

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In conversation: How to bring spelling alive

In conversation: How to bring spelling alive

Kate Lloyd is the author of the Bring Spelling Alive series. Kate Lloyd has 25 years’ experience in primary education as a classroom teacher and a manager. Passionate about literacy, Kate began implementing literacy programmes into schools in 2002. Due to her...

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How to use the Arts to explore poetry

How to use the Arts to explore poetry

How to use the Arts to explore poetry is the title of this wee blog post, but I am thinking another (perhaps more provocative) title could be: Why wouldn’t you use the Arts to explore and teach poetry to children? Let me explain my thinking. At its essence poetry is...

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In conversation: An update from Pam Hook

In conversation: An update from Pam Hook

When you stare into the eye of a whitebait... The invitation to present to the West Coast Principals’ Conference at Franz Josef offered many unanticipated adventures.   Peering out the window of the Beechcraft 1900D on my way from Christchurch to Hokitika I...

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