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We need to bring back teaching grammar, but not how it used to be. Shutterstock

Grammar matters and should be taught – differently

I’m going to put it out there - most teachers don’t know enough about how the English language works [aka grammar], and this inevitably impacts upon student literacy outcomes. There are grammar pundits…
We might see drawing as a bit of fun, but the contribution to learning is more than we might think. Shutterstock

Want to improve your kids’ writing? Let them draw

We love our kids’ first drawings. They draw before they write, so their drawings seem somehow miraculous in those early years - their first communication that is permanent and there for all to see. Preschool…
The best place for homework? In the classroom.

Homework – what’s the point of it?

A middle school student I know came home from school with the task to recreate a medieval fort out of cake. I expect the History teacher thought this was a creative and engaging activity. This particular…