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Revolutionising Maths Instruction with FOCUS on Mathematics: A Research-Based, Direct Instruction Solution

Revolutionising Maths Instruction with FOCUS on Mathematics: A Research-Based, Direct Instruction Solution

The blog post highlights the effectiveness of the FOCUS on Mathematics series, which utilises Direct Instruction to enhance maths learning. This method, supported by research like the National Mathematics Advisory...

Revolutionising Maths Instruction with FOCUS on Mathematics: A Research-Based, Direct Instruction Solution

The blog post highlights the effectiveness of the FOCUS on Mathematics series, which utilises Direct Instruction to enhance maths learning. This method, supported by research like the National Mathematics Advisory Panel, emphasises explicit explanations, modelling, and guided practice. The series offers targeted practice through extensive word problems, scaffolding for learning progression, and robust formative assessments to monitor student progress. By providing structured and systematic curriculum, FOCUS on Mathematics equips teachers to foster maths mastery and strategic thinking in students.

Facilitate Student Learning through Direct Instruction

Facilitate Student Learning through Direct Instruction

This blog discusses the effectiveness of Direct Instruction (DI) in teaching fundamental reading and maths skills. Developed in the 1960s, DI uses a structured approach that breaks down complex skills...

Facilitate Student Learning through Direct Instruction

This blog discusses the effectiveness of Direct Instruction (DI) in teaching fundamental reading and maths skills. Developed in the 1960s, DI uses a structured approach that breaks down complex skills into smaller steps. The blog highlights two programs, CARS & STARS for reading and CAMS & STAMS for maths, which use DI principles like systematic instruction and high engagement to improve student mastery in these subjects. Despite some criticism regarding creativity, the success of these programs demonstrates the potency of DI in educational settings.

Aligning Your Instruction with the Science of Reading using Extensions in Reading

Aligning Your Instruction with the Science of Reading using Extensions in Reading

This blog unpacks Extensions in Reading, a program empowering Australian educators with research-backed strategies to elevate comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. It dives straight into practical methods for teaching key comprehension...

Aligning Your Instruction with the Science of Reading using Extensions in Reading

This blog unpacks Extensions in Reading, a program empowering Australian educators with research-backed strategies to elevate comprehension, vocabulary, and writing. It dives straight into practical methods for teaching key comprehension strategies, engaging students with diverse texts, and fostering strong writing skills. The program includes assessment tools to track progress and provide targeted support, ultimately helping educators transform reading instruction through the science of reading.

So… What is Systematic Synthetic Phonics?

So… What is Systematic Synthetic Phonics?

This blog post explores this fun and effective method (and how a program like "Phonics for Reading" can supercharge it) to turn your tiny learner into a confident reader.  Imagine...

So… What is Systematic Synthetic Phonics?

This blog post explores this fun and effective method (and how a program like "Phonics for Reading" can supercharge it) to turn your tiny learner into a confident reader.  Imagine your child sounding out words like a pro, tackling new books with excitement, and building a love for reading that lasts a lifetime!

The Universal Benefits of CARS & STARS

The Universal Benefits of CARS & STARS

This blog discusses the CARS & STARS program’s comprehensive approach to literacy that benefits all students, not just those struggling with reading. It details how the program enhances reading comprehension...

The Universal Benefits of CARS & STARS

This blog discusses the CARS & STARS program’s comprehensive approach to literacy that benefits all students, not just those struggling with reading. It details how the program enhances reading comprehension through strategic learning, critical thinking, and personalised instruction. By breaking reading into identifiable strategies, CARS & STARS helps students of all levels engage with texts confidently and independently, fostering both individual growth and a collaborative learning environment. The program is portrayed as an effective tool for developing proficient readers and thinkers in an inclusive educational setting.

Using CARS & STARS to Complement a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum

Using CARS & STARS to Complement a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum

Explore the dynamic integration of the CARS & STARS program within a knowledge-rich curriculum. Learn how structured reading comprehension strategies can enhance factual and conceptual understanding across disciplines, ensuring every...

Using CARS & STARS to Complement a Knowledge-Rich Curriculum

Explore the dynamic integration of the CARS & STARS program within a knowledge-rich curriculum. Learn how structured reading comprehension strategies can enhance factual and conceptual understanding across disciplines, ensuring every student not only keeps up but excels. Dive into our latest blog post to see how these two educational powerhouses combine to create a formidable framework for deep, impactful learning.