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2022 - START BRIGHTLY & READ BRIGHTLY: Reading Resources & YouTube

by Dr Gail Brown | January 30, 2022
2022 - START BRIGHTLY & READ BRIGHTLY: Reading Resources & YouTube

wIRead Brightly website and YouTubes are a great resource for teachers and parents!

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2022 Positive Start: Somebody’s Land Book Review

by Dr Gail Brown | January 16, 2022
2022 Positive Start: Somebody’s Land Book Review

Somebody's Land should be in every classroom around Australia!

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Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in literacy?

by Dr Gail Brown | October 8, 2021
Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in literacy?

Overlearning of knowledge and strategies, rote learning, is an important foundation for critical thinking. This post presents literacy examples, building on the previous post in numeracy. Such learning is based on cognitive load theory (Sweller, 2017) and enables effective learning in any domain and any topic. Rote learning enables our brains to think automatically to complete many tasks, and we often don't realise this!

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Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in numeracy?

by Dr Gail Brown | September 4, 2021
Why is rote learning of knowledge and strategies important in numeracy?

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.

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How can teachers support students to think and learn?

by Gail Brown | August 24, 2021
How can teachers support students to think and learn?

This post showcases Dan Willingham's book, with information that links directly to considering working memory and deliberate practice in classrooms. A series of posts using this book will be shared in the coming weeks. The focus is on thinking and learning, and how teachers can support this through their teaching.

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