12 Behaviour Management Tips for Relief Teachers

Those who are newer to my blog might not know that before I became a mum, and before my years as a full-time primary school teacher, I was a relief teacher here in Australia for a long two years. Oh, how clearly I remember the challenges that season brought for me! One thing that you soon come to learn when relief teaching is that a good behaviour management plan is everything.

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Word Walls, Rotations & Literacy Challenges – Navigating Narrative Writing Part 2

Once children begin putting a narrative together there is still a lot of work to do. In today’s post I have another list of tips to share with you that focus more on helping your children to develop their narratives to make them exceptional! I hope you enjoy using these tips as you navigate narrative writing with your children!

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A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words – Navigating Narrative Writing Part 1

A completed narrative is quite a lengthy assignment for children compared to the other sorts of projects they are usually tasked with. That is why it is helpful to have some strategies up your sleeve to encourage your children as they work on their narrative writing skills. I have taken the time to put together some of my top tips for teaching narrative writing so that you can find them all in one place and start using them today!

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Why I Let My 4-Month-Old Play the Piano

In the first few months of life, babies are constantly forming and strengthening their neural connections. Most people are aware of this fact, yet many still underestimate what babies can understand. I believe there’s a lot that these little treasures can understand and are capable of at this young age, and the teacher in me can’t help but get excited about my role in helping these early skills develop.

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Let Us Not Become So Focused On The Future That We Forget About Our History

In today’s world, education needs to be continuously evolving in order to keep up with the latest technological and scientific developments. It does make me question though, if there are areas of learning that become buried under all of it. After all, there comes a point where educators simply need to make decisions about what to prioritise, but I wonder how many of them are prioritising history.

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To Have It All Figured Out

I have taken a step back from teaching to prepare for motherhood, and as I look down at my laptop to type these words, I can’t help but notice the size of my ever-increasing belly, which is currently housing my first baby. It’s exciting seeing how much she’s grown each week, both through how much I’ve expanded and through the wonderful world of information that’s available to tell me the approximate size of baby by comparing her to a fruit or vegetable. This week she’s apparently the size of a rockmelon.

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Meet the (Word) Family – Developing Decoding Skills Part 3

Now let us imagine that you’ve used some of the other strategies I’ve shared to help your child with reading, and you’re starting to see them develop more confidence when presented with new words. How delightful! If your child has some alphabet knowledge already and is able to read simple words on their own, here is a list of things you can do to keep encouraging those decoding skills to develop.

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Sing, Sing a Song – Developing Decoding Skills Part 2

In my last post I talked about the importance of setting a foundation for reading in the early years, and listed some ways that you can help your child to practise their decoding skills. I have another list of ideas to share with you today! Remember, learning to read takes time, so be patient with your children and try to focus on making reading time an enjoyable experience for you both.

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Love Story

I have a love story to share with you, dear little daughter of mine. Your mother was young and had her sight set on being a teacher who could influence the world. Your father was creative in his work and noble in character.

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