Calm books for the classroom

August 20th, 2018

A few years ago, I worked with Toby[1]The details of this story have been changed to protect the child, teacher and school’s identity. Toby is not his real name., a Year 2 boy with dyslexia who was having trouble controlling his anger in the classroom. When he perceived tasks as too hard he would scrunch […]

Resources to help students make and keep friends

June 4th, 2018

At this time of the year peer acceptance and friendship issues often come to a head, requiring teacher support to assist children to manage and resolve their difficulties.     Whatever the time of the year, children and adolescents who find it difficult to make friends frequently feel lonely and unhappy. They are also at […]

NEW RELEASE: Difficulty making friends ebooklet

May 28th, 2018

Friendship offers opportunities for sharing, learning, fun, excitement, self-disclosure, support, advice and long-term relationships. For many children, making and keeping friends is quite effortless, but for some it is a challenge. Sadly, about one in ten school-age children have no friends and are disliked by most of their classmates.[1] Asher, S.R., and Williams, G.A., (1996) Children […]

NAPLAN is coming…

May 7th, 2018

NAPLAN is possibly the most emotionally charged acronym in Australian education. The mere mention of NAPLAN can trigger stress, anxiety, blame, and passionate emotional debate. ­­Whether you agree or disagree with the National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 are expected to participate. Now is a […]

Zoe talks about parental anxiety on Nightlife ABC radio

March 28th, 2018

On Friday night Sarah Macdonald spoke to Zoe Ganim, Psych4Schools, Prof. Jennifer Hudson, Macquarie University, and Susan Boyd, P&C Federation, about anxious parents on the Nightlife Program on ABC radio. They spoke about what anxiety is, are there more anxious parents now than in previous generations, will the children be anxious, and how to manage […]

Supporting students who are bullied

March 14th, 2018

The National Day Against Bullying and Violence is Friday,16 March. Around Australia, teachers will talk to students about the need to tell a teacher if they or another student is being bullied. This message is clearly captured in most if not all school policies and discussed regularly in classroom bullying prevention programs. Despite this, few […]

Children ‘on the run’

March 5th, 2018

Children who are constantly moving, are typically not observing, listening, hearing or fully understanding the world around them. Their learning and social emotional development is ‘at risk’ of not developing in the same way or at the same expected rate as their peers. They often demonstrate a number of the following behaviours: reduced imaginary play […]

Revised ADHD ebooklet now available

February 28th, 2018

  The latest up-to-date strategies for working with a child with ADHD in your classroom is now available. The booklet includes recommendations for assisting the child in the following areas: General strategies Improve concentration and reduce attention drifting How teachers can help How the child can help themselves Adapt the way you give instructions Modify […]

Welcome back to school!

January 30th, 2018

We hope you enjoyed the break and are feeling excited and confident to meet your new students? Our previous blogs regarding the start of school have talked about building student engagement from the very first days. Here are some ideas to help you get off to a great start.  Greet each student as they enter […]

Write a good things diary (aka a gratitude journal for the classroom)

December 7th, 2017

The last days of school are upon us, and both students and teachers are eager for the holidays. At this time, motivation can drop, as we are all tired from the extra work requirements of exams and reports, and the end of year school and social activities. ‘This is a time when grumpy behaviour from […]

Students who don’t speak up in class

October 19th, 2017

Many children do not feel comfortable speaking publicly in class. When a question is asked these children will often break eye contact with the teacher, pretend to be deep in thought, write something in their notebook, squirm in their seat, or elbow the person next to them to in an attempt to distract others from […]

Distracted, disengaged students? Possible reasons why.

August 16th, 2017

There are many possible reasons for a lack of engagement in the classroom. Often these are non-school related. For example, not getting enough sleep, spending too much time with peers or screens, having too many extra-curricula activities, ‘issues’ at home, or simply being ‘lazy’. However, school-related factors are among the more common issues reported by […]

Dyslexia part II: Help to reduce reading difficulties

June 21st, 2017

While learning to read seems effortless for many children, for some it can be challenging. As children are assessed mid-year, alarm bells can start to ring for those children who have not shown appropriate literacy growth. The following inclusive strategies, will assist early readers and help reduce the impact of dyslexia on those who have […]

Dyslexia

June 15th, 2017

While learning to read seems effortless for many children, for some it can be challenging. As children are assessed mid-year, alarm bells can start to ring for those children who have not shown appropriate literacy growth. A specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia can be slow to manifest or be identified. For example, a young […]

Who is telling the truth?

May 14th, 2017

It is not unusual for children to sometimes tell lies or embellish the truth, particularly in the preschool and early primary years. One of the most vexatious behaviour management situations for teachers relates to getting to the bottom of a conflict between children, where none of the protagonists will admit to being at fault, there […]

Question & Ideas: Homework Issues

April 26th, 2017

The question below was featured on our forum a few years ago. Since then we’ve had lots of people offer suggestions. We’ve summarised some of the responses below and added a few of our own. Question: ‘Hi, I have a student who has trouble getting his homework completed. This means he tends to hand in […]