10 Teaching Blogs to Follow in 2023

As teachers, we’re always looking for inspiration to help improve our classroom teaching. Sometimes that inspiration can be hard to find though. That’s why I’ve gathered a list of some of my favourite blogs to turn to for creative classroom activity ideas.

Benefits of and Tips for Teaching Sight Words

I encourage you not to neglect teaching sight words to your children. When used in conjunction with a phonetic teaching approach, sight word memorisation has many benefits. In this post, I’ll focus on the benefits of teaching sight words, and share some tips for making the most of this teaching approach. 

Switch Up Your Homework Routine with These 9 Fun Homework Ideas

Many schools still require that homework is set for students. So, as teachers, how can we make sure we are approaching homework the right way, in order to provide enriching opportunities for student learning to take place? Well, here are a few simple ideas to get you started.

Just the Treat They Need – 5 Low Cost Student Reward Ideas

Giving students incentives and rewards can be an effective way to both motivate them at school and also let them know that we notice their efforts and achievement. Sometimes though, it can be a challenge to figure out how to give them a boost of encouragement without spending extra time and money. Well, when it comes to student rewards I believe that simple is best, and I have 5 ideas to share with you for student rewards that don’t cost money (other than the cost of printing, that is).

Lists, Rules & Exceptions – 11 Engaging & Effective Tips for Teaching Children Spelling and Vocabulary

There are so, so many options for activities and strategies to use when it comes to teaching and practising spelling. Yet, I know that sometimes as teachers we can still find ourselves searching for new ways to try to keep our students interested in their spelling work. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite tips for teaching spelling and vocabulary to students that will not only keep them engaged, but will also be effective for helping them practise that tricky English language. 

How to Use Student Choice Boards to Differentiate for Your Learners

Student choice boards are a fun and engaging tool to use in the classroom, and they come with many benefits. They are versatile and can be used in many different subject areas for many different year levels. They are a simple tool to use to encourage student agency in learning, and they are great for differentiation. 

Let’s Start at the Very Beginning – Developing Decoding Skills Part 1

Learning to read takes a lot of time and practice. When we read a new word there are a number of different strategies we can use to figure out what the word says. The term ‘decoding’ refers to the process of deciphering new words by applying your knowledge of letter-sound relationships and patterns.