Dawn McMillan is an internationally recognised writer of picture books and educational texts. Her background is primary school teaching, with a special interest in writing and reading processes. She offers an insider’s guide to narrative writing.
Dr Helen Walls, The Writing Teacher, explains why we should move away from constructivism and towards explicit teaching.
Professor James Chapman reviews How to Teach Writing, Spelling and Grammar by Helen Walls with Christine Braid
“As cognitively demanding as chess”. Essay writing in secondary school English is a challenge. Particularly so for students struggling with literacy skills. This blog outlines five ways to support struggling students with essay writing.
Author Helen Walls discusses the benefits of learning to write, reevaluates current teaching approaches and uses research to identify methods that better serve students.
Leaning on his time as a teacher, Paul Mason, highly published children’s writer, reflects on how he puts the child at the heart of what he writes – wanting children to see themselves in his stories.
Dale Sutherland clarifies some key terms that help extend and deepen a discussion of fake news. She offers insights into teaching this challenging topic and its importance.
Students with dyslexia struggle to learn to read and spell. Compared with their peers (of the same intelligence, age or year level), dyslexic students progress at a slower rate and participating in reading, spelling and writing activities involves much more effort for them.
Most classes include at least a couple of struggling readers, but how can teachers offer support to improve their literacy skills?
Announcing Essential Resources is now a proud distributor of works by Marie Clay – a world leader in research on literacy learning, child development and learning disorders.
Author, Jill Eggleton, on how reading aloud to children helps to naturally create meaning and a better understanding of how language works – including making sense from print.
An interview with Tania Withers, Head of ESOL at St Joseph’s Catholic School in Wellington, about Essential Resources’ popular literacy resources, Story Seekers.
Author, Angie Simmons, writes about awesome ideas for learning at home. She offers tips and tricks in the blogs series to make being at home situation the best it can be.
Author, Angie Simmons, explains how creating digital stories leads towards problem solving and technology integration which seamlessly weaves together the pedagogy.
Author and poet, Vaughan Rapatahana, answers questions around the importance of poetry and how to understand and develop an appreciation for it.
Author and educator, Yvette Krohn, has written Making Connections: The American dream, exploring intertextual connections through philosophies, thinking skills, films and themes.
We are now producing teaching resources for USA’s largest education publishing company, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, in conjunction with Global Education Systems Ltd.
Writing Success for Boys author, Frances Adlam, discusses how creating rhythm can provide a clear pathway for building success in writing for all children.
Poet and author, Vaughan Rapatahana, writes about how teachers can get students more engaged in poetry. Poetry should be made more prevalent and therefore more relevant.
Sonya Van Schaijik explains how she uses SOLO Taxonomy to create balance in learning a second language and how important that is for success in the classroom.
Marie Langley’s top tips for captivating students with practical literacy activities that build cross-curricular skills and strengthen their ability to think for themselves.
Dive into the different strategies and activities Peggy Bruce uses in her classroom to keep young students active, engaged, and motivated, while learning (Part 2)
Dive into the different activities Peggy Bruce uses in her classroom to keep young students active, engaged, and motivated, while learning (Part 1) in her latest blog.
Author Kate Lloyd answers questions about her teaching background, the Bring Spelling Alive Series and what it is like living in Vanuatu. Read through her interview.
Passion Learning seeks to uncover students’ personal interests, their hobbies and their dreams and allows them to develop learning projects around them.
Why wouldn’t you use the Arts to explore and teach poetry to children? Read through Frances Adlam’s top tips and tricks on how you can use the Arts for poetry in your class.
Best practice teaching revolves around multi-sensory learning, teacher knowledge, intelligences, and more. Explore what multi-sensory learning is with Frances Adlam.