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Teaching reading – it’s simple but not simplistic
Teaching reading – it’s simple but not simplistic

In today’s reader submission, Sir Jim Rose discusses ‘the simple view of reading’ and its implications, and the role of phonics in teaching reading.

Year 1 literacy and numeracy checks
Year 1 literacy and numeracy checks

A government advisory panel has recommended the introduction of national literacy and numeracy checks in Year 1 as a way of identifying students who need additional support. Here we take a closer look at the report, including the benefits and challenges raised by teachers and principals.

Infographic: Most borrowed picture books

The annual Civica Libraries Index compiled a list of the top 10 most borrowed picture books from regional and metropolitan libraries across Australia. So, which popular titles made the coveted list? Find out in today's infographic.

Infographic: Where do students get their money from?

The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) in 2015 examined 15-year-old students' financial literacy skills. This infographic compares the main sources of income for students from Australia with the average from participating OECD countries.

Inspiration for your school or class library
Inspiration for your school or class library

If you’re looking to add books to your library or create a classroom collection, a student suggestion box could be one source of ideas. There’s also inspiration from outside school in the shape of annual lists of most popular books.

The importance of explicit handwriting instruction
The importance of explicit handwriting instruction

Early years classroom practitioners need to devote more time to teaching writing, including explicit handwriting instruction, according to research findings from an Australian study.

Speed Sharing – a non-threatening alternative
Speed Sharing – a non-threatening alternative

Being asked to present to the entire class can be a nerve-racking experience for students. In our latest reader submission, two US educators explain how ‘Speed Sharing’ can be an effective, non-threatening alternative.

Infographic: Financial literacy

An international assessment of 15-year-old students' financial literacy includes data on their experiences, attitudes and behaviours, as well as their academic performance. Here are some of the findings from Australia.

Literary festival gets students excited about storytelling
Literary festival gets students excited about storytelling

In an effort to better reach students who aren’t engaged in reading, writing and storytelling, staff at this New South Wales school decided to run a literary festival for Year 7 students, inviting a range of different authors, poets, cartoonists, illustrators and performers to run workshops on the day.

Infographic: Books in the home and student achievement

The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) is an international comparative study of student achievement. Here, we look at TIMSS data on books in the home and the percentage of Australian students at or above the proficient standard for maths and science.