Hugh Catts champions the use of curriculum-based assessments as these are more appropriate and equitable for all students. Teachers should consider his criticisms of state tests and decide if these apply to the state and national tests in their school.
Earlier posts discussed the importance of repetition, and this post links back to earlier posts, as well as providing a fun example of Escher's Tessellations as repetition. To some teachers and many students, repetition seems boring - and yet it's so important for ensuring that learning finds its way into long term memory!
wIRead Brightly website and YouTubes are a great resource for teachers and parents!
Somebody's Land should be in every classroom around Australia!
Rote learning, and the importance of practice for long term memory, is important for gaining both knowledge and for mastering strategies and complex, higher order tasks. This posts champions Dan Willingham's book (Why don't students like school?) as he outlines the importance of rote learning for all learners. Each chapter in his book concludes with suggestions for how teachers can use this in their classrooms.
The potential for improvements in literacy and numeracy are great for NSW students, with the recent release of information about new positions that will support implementation of evidence-based research in schools. Success of these positions will be dependent upon the deep knowledge and expertise of the people who fill these positions. Such knowledge and skills involve both experience in teaching roles, evidence-based research and in building learning relationships with educators at all levels in schools. The need for this support, given the pandemic and remote learning has never been greater.