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Subtracting Across Zeros

This week's Emerald Education Whiteboard Wednesday video is all about subtracting across zeros #EECWW

Discovering the Magic of Writing for a Real Audience

Does your child struggle to articulate their thoughts and emotions when producing a piece of writing? Many children find the barrier of the blank page too big a hurdle to cross, and end up falling short of showcasing their talents in writing. So, how can we help them to tap into their inner creativity? The secret to taking ownership of their work is to have a real audience. This is something I have believed in passionately throughout all of the years I have been teaching. When you know who you are writing for, it makes it easier to produce a mental checklist of 'must haves' in your content, no matter what format or genre you are working with. I have been a secret poet since my own childhoo

Assistive Technology at its best - How Talk Typer works and how it can help your child with Dyslexia

As usual, I spent some time over this weekend browsing and searching for new technology tools to add to my virtual teaching toolbox. I think I have finally found the holy grail of 'speech-to-text' applications. This gem is called 'Talk Typer' and, if you follow my blog, you will know that my Scottish accent is not always easy for such apps to pick up and convert accurately to text! This sensational software does just that, and it is so simple to use. So, what makes me so excited about this particular app? Being web-based, it can be used from any device. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the left hand side of the screen. You just click the microphone icon and speak. This al

Back To School: 5 Ways To Help Your Child Get It Right

It's that time of year again and our kids are now all back at school. The transition from the late nights and lazy summer days is often a difficult one for parents and children to manage, so how can you make it easier? Here are 5 simple ways to get this school year off to a good start. 1 - Bedtime During the summer holidays, our children often stay up later but when we are back to term time, it's a must to ensure children are in bed early and getting enough sleep, ready to face the day's challenges ahead of them. Research has proven that children's brains work more effectively when the have had the right amount of sleep. To ensure your child is on top form, check out the National Sleep Fou

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