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 […]

NEW RELEASE: Working with children who are shy (revised) ebooklet

March 15th, 2017

Feeling shy can be a normal part of a child or young person’s life, especially when new people or situations are encountered. However, shyness becomes a concern when it occurs in most situations and interactions, and interferes with relationships and schoolwork, or if the child is frequently nervous, socially anxious or withdrawn. The revised ebooklet […]

Playground support plans

March 1st, 2017

For many students playing with others, and making and keeping friends seems to be quite effortless, but for a number it can be a challenge. Certain children find the unstructured nature of the schoolyard overwhelming, while others do not tolerate their peers for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, about one in ten school-age children have […]

Build engagement from the first day of school

January 26th, 2017

As the first day of school approaches many teachers will be planning how to maximise student engagement in the classroom. One of the best strategies is to build strong student-teacher relationships. Teacher-student relationships play an essential role in a child’s motivation and engagement.[1] Maulana R., Opdenakker M. C., Stroet K., Bosker R. ‘Changes in teachers’ […]

Hot tips to get you through the last days of school

December 7th, 2016

How are you feeling today? Exhausted? Sad? Relieved? Stressed? Excited? With only a few days (for those lucky ones) or a week or so until the end of the school year, you may feel like you’re limping along to the summer holiday finish line. Me too. Here’s what has been helping me get through the […]