John Hattie’s Visible Learning

An enthralling 16 minute Ted Talk by John Hattie that summarises research into maximising teacher impact on student learning!

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Slideshow Requests

Receiving feedback, comments and making connections with teachers all over Australia is what keeps me fired up to create a new slideshow each month! So far I have focused on Australian special days or theme days/weeks in education e.g. Science Week, NAIDOC.  I’m also interested in providing content that fills a gap – for example, the recent “Daddy Isn’t Here” Father’s Day slideshow had 1700 hits in five days which was a new record for me – very exciting!!

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Mastery Learning Folders: A New Take on a Traditional Strategy

“Great teaching will no longer mean masterful delivery of the year level curriculum, but extending the skills and knowledge of every student in every class, regardless of their starting point.” 1

In the past Mastery Learning Folders were often used to assist students learn sight words or phonics, but they have much more potential than that! They are an organisational and educational tool that can be used as a safety net to ensure that every student receives the remediation content they need. Based on class assessments  or post-testing using Flashcard Club content, students can work with their parents 10 minutes each homework night. At the next teacher test, get ready to be very excited about the results – you will be ticking off your records left, right and centre.

The difference is that Mastery Learning Folders provide a convenient way to present learning remediation, they allow teachers to determine the learning load by regulating how many flashcards are in circulation, and the pace of learning is regulated – each time a flashcard reaches the test pocket, a new one is transferred from the store pocket. This learning tool is visual and targeted. See the Mastery Learning Folder page for more details.


1 Goss, P., Hunter, J., Romanes, D., Parsonage, H., 2015, Targeted teaching: how better use of data can improve student learning, Grattan Institute 

Report: Targeted teaching: how better use of data can improve student learning | Grattan Institute

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Book Week Printable

Here’s a simple K-3 writing activity to create an A5 class book. The first page is the cover front and back – print directly onto card or print, cut in half and glue onto coloured card. The second page is the master for the pages in the book. Each child writes or draws what they think “Mr Firefly” from the Book Week logo is actually reading about! Combine each child’s page into a stapled book for them to read in the reading corner.

Book Week Printable VIC Outline
Book Week Printable QLD Outline
Book Week Printable SA Outline
Book Week Printable NSW Outline

Book Week

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