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What Literacy strategies make the most impact in Mathematics lessons?

#teammagicalmaths @MrsHsNumeracy Literacy in Mathematics It was when I was teaching a GCSE group recently that I realised the extent to which poor literacy can be a massive barrier to students when it comes to fulfilling their Mathematical potential. I had

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Brand New 2016 Qualification ‘Core Maths’ Revision Videos!

core maths

#teammagicalmaths @MrGordonMaths Brand New 2016 Qualification ‘Core Maths’ Revision Videos A new Level 3 qualification for work, study and life. Official account – DfE #CoreMaths Support Programme run by EdDevTrust –  @thecmsp The new ‘Core Maths’ qualifications are designed to better prepare students for

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How do you to teach Skimming and Scanning?

skimming and scanning

#teammagicalmaths @jo_c_gray Skimming and Scanning Skimming and scanning are specific speed-reading techniques, which enable you to read a vast amount of material very rapidly. these two skills can be extremely useful when grasped yet quite tricky to teach. Skimming and Scanning are two

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Take a look at the Top 6 hidden words in picture puzzle

Hidden words in picture puzzle Now these hidden word puzzles have been a massive hit on the web and people have enjoyed finding the missing words in these pictures and sharing them on their social networks. Therefore, why not share

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Have you seen Qwizdom Oktopus? The Student Collaboration Software!

Guestblogger: TanyaDeMots Introduction: What is Oktopus? Oktopus is a multi-purpose software designed for touch displays, interactive whiteboards and projectors. Just like its cephalopod mollusk namesake, Oktopus is able to reach out and grab student attention from many directions. Extending its long

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Detention! Does it really work?

detentions does it work

Guestblogger: bcripps078 Someone recently asked about how schools are using detentions. This led me to consider how far the school I teach in has progressed in the last 10 years. I teach in a high school in Belfast. When I began

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What is a good age to start Piano Lessons? Is you child ready to play the piano?

Guest Blogger: @SharonNovak5 What is a good age to start Piano Lessons? As I work with young children everyday, I have the privilege of watching them develop cognitively and musically. I watch very young children go from banging random beats on

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Develop the art of story telling by understanding how telling a story affects the brain! WOW!

How does story telling affect the brain

The art of story telling I came across this info graphic on twitter and have shared it with all my followers and the feedback has been immense. I always love starting a lesson or the day with a story of

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Have you seen the top 5 funny grammar mistakes! A must see & share! >> LOL

Common Grammar Mistakes As an educator good grammar is paramount! The irony is most teachers, including me, will sometimes overlook this fundamental concept. It is worth noting that it should be the responsibility of teachers of all subjects to promote

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Calling all English teachers! The Top 10 funny puns in the world! The second is the best bad pun!

Pun Definition A Pun is “a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word” or “the fact that there are words which sound a like but have several meanings”. Funny Puns Everyone likes a funny pun, so here is

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Take a look at “Engaging Eyes” >> A way in which to help with struggling readers!!

Guestblogger: @EngagingEyes Are you worried about how your child or pupil’s will do in the SATs reading test on Monday? Are you worried they won’t read it carefully, or won’t finish on time? SATs is the only formal way we test

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Have you seen Disney’s Frozen song sung in 25 different languages in 4 minutes?


Have you seen Disney’s Frozen song sung in 25 different languages in 4 minutes? A great starter! This video would make a great starter to any MFL or music lesson, and shows the demand for Disney films on a global

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Have you seen this innovative new adventure iBook for iPad to support maths in Early Years KS1?

Guest Blogger: Chris Dunn @ShrekTheTeacher Tiny Bob’s Adventurous Counting has been written creatively to support maths in Early Years and Key Stage 1. It’s a very interactive book on Apple’s iBooks store, and can be used on any iPad or Mac computer…

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Who ever said German is an UGLY language?!, one for the MFL teachers!

Who ever said German is an UGLY language, One for the MFL teachers! Please pass on to your MFL department at this is a great funny video comparing some major western languages. Share and leave your comments below.

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Top 5 reasons why English is so much fun to learn, #smh!

English is such an amazing language to learn but arguably one of the most difficult to get your head around. Below are the top 5 reasons why English is so much fun to learn. Please note that the title of

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