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Interacting With Children

Parents who place their children in childcare do so with the expectation that the child’s physiological and psychological needs will be met. A major part of meeting these needs depends how well the carer is interacting with the children and will influence learning and development.
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Creativity and Learning in the Early Childhood and Primary School Years

As new teachers and eventually experienced classroom teachers we must be aware that creativity and learning in our learners has no boundaries unless we are guilty of applying them. Our teaching strategies should positively reflect this. As teachers we need to understand  that children are creative beings. They have a natural curiosity which encourages them to gain an understanding, through exploration and experiment, of the possibilities in their environment.
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14 Tips for Smart Teachers

As a teacher you will use up a lot of energy teaching learners. Using up physical and emotional energy may find you depleted and tired. Talking most of the day; planning lessons; dealing with challenging children; being available and contributing at peer meetings; setting up the environment so it is interesting and challenging; dealing with parents; finding time to eat, drink and go to the toilet; and topping it all off with professional development, are all part of a teachers busy week.
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Communicating With Parents

One of the most effective ways to foster a good relationship with parents is through open and positive communication.  Creating a good teacher-parent relationship early on in the year is very important. The home-school connection is one of the most powerful tools in helping a child reach their full potential academically, socially and emotionally.  After all, we all have the same goal: doing what is best for children.

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Mind and Body | How They Are Interconnected

Mind and Body – Helping Students to Make the Connect While Learning You as the teacher need to be aware of how the mind and body connection works in your learners. Keeping a balance of physical activity and mental stimulation,...

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Data Notebooks for Students | An Overview

Using Data Notebooks. Data Notebooks are a way for students to keep track of their own progress. They are small folders or binders in which students can keep examples of their work in different areas throughout the school year. They...

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Readers Workshop

A very important part of the readers workshop is allowing students to select books that they are interested in reading. This strategy allows you to foster a love of reading for your students that will last a lifetime. We all know that the more time your students spend reading the better readers they will become.  Many teachers have established a system where students select books from the classroom library and keep them in some sort of book box or bag to read throughout the week.
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Literacy Websites for Use at Home

The following list of literacy websites recommended for use in the home or school contains but a few of the hundreds of sites that are available to support literacy development by undertaking a search on the internet.
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Reading for Children

In today’s world, many families find it challenging to make the time to allow reading to take a place of priority in the ever-increasing list of activities in which parents and children can be involved but it is vital that families consider reading important enough to give it the time it deserves and to promote it in the home.
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Describe Your Classmate to Encourage Writing with Details

Schools everywhere are always looking for new ways to increase the quality of their students’ writing, and it seems as if many educators say that one area where their students fall short is in writing with details.  Using a describing a classmate activity is a great way to start.
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What is Phonics - Helping Your Child Master Phonics

What is Phonics (the Sounds of Language)

Learning to master phonics is part of your child's development. Phonics is the connection between letters and sounds in our language. Phonemes are the small units of sound that make up a word and graphemes are the way we write the sounds.

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