Blog Posts in Chronological Order

Have you seen The King’s Speech? Oral Language is one of the skill sets required for literacy so I was particularly interested in seeing the film. Based on the true story of the Prince of Wales prior to becoming King George VI, the story is centred on the problem of the Prince’s severe stutter. (In the UK they apply the term ‘stammering’). If stuttering is not treated by the onset of puberty it will never be cured but only managed at best.

In an era where young children are exposed to so much technology, it appears this trend has not always been beneficial to their  development. Research has shown that in Australia, despite increases in overall prosperity, the developmental outcomes for children appear to have worsened …

Teachers and parents are bombarded with resources designed to improve the learning outcomes in a classroom or home environment. Unfortunately, being in possession of a great resource doesn’t always translate to great outcomes. While the people teaching our children must be commended for their dedication and hard work, they also need support from their teaching resource providers to ensure maximum benefit from their precious classroom time.

It’s clear there’s a broad gap between research findings being published and the application of the same findings in the classroom.

In a recent Weekend West Opinion article,”Read the signs – it’s time for a brave new teaching world”, by Alanna MacTiernan, a bold challenge is proposed to our education system as a whole. Failing a significant number of our students and adhering to outdated and unsupported research frameworks, it’s disturbing reading. I wish I could say I’m surprised but I’m not.

Do you know how the National Curriculum affects preschool children? In a recent cover page article in the West Australian titled ‘Teaching three Rs urged for pre-school”, a case was made for teaching academic concepts to children before they reach primary school. Understandably, both parents and teachers are concerned about what this means for them and the children in their care.