Monday, 22 May 2017

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Many thanks to David Brennan, English teacher in Barra, for introducing this excellent grammar resource to me. It is a great online tool to practise grammar, from Infant 1 all the way to Class 11. David uses it for homework and, even better, there is no marking required by the teacher. Students enjoy it and you (and they) can track their progress. Just sign up for free! 

No Red Ink

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Many thanks to Michael Francis, Head of Mathematics in Barra, for sharing this piece from the New York Times.The article also has a link to the excellent Stanford University site,, which contains online courses for teachers as well as great resources for teaching mathematics.

No Such Thing as a Math Person

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In this TED Talk, Jo Boaler, a professor of mathematics at Stanford University, explains why mathematics is so traumatic for many people and shows a different way that people can relate to mathematics. She also shares the latest brain science to show the ways our brains process mathematics, the importance of visual learning and the importance of self belief to our learning and our experiences.

Jo Boaler's TED Talk on Maths

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Great Maths Resources and More

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Michael Rosen on Split Digraphs and Teaching Grammar

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Autistic Spectrum Disorder Course

Also via Coursera is this 5-week course (around 2 hours per week) about Autism. Offered by the University of California, Davis, the course has subtitles in Portuguese. The cost for a certificated course is US$29.00 

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Dyslexia Course online

The University of London, UCL Institute of Education, Dyslexia International, is offering a six-week course of 4-6 hours per week online. The course is for teachers to learn why some children have so much difficulty with reading and writing, often called 'dyslexia', and to learn more about best practice in teaching literacy to all in light of recent scientific discoveries. The course is free or, if you wish to receive a certificate, costs US$29.00 

Monday, 15 May 2017

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A great website with a wealth of resources and tips. 

Autism Teaching Strategies
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Research is clear about how grammar can be taught effectively and yet...

The Wrong Way to Teach Grammar
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From the Institute of Education, Does traditional grammar instruction improve children’s writing ability?
Test your own Grammar against what is expected of 11 year-olds in the UK