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Morphology and Reading

In terms of language, morphology is the study of words, how they are formed, and their relationship to other words in the same language: ‘Morph’=shape/form and ‘ology’=the study of. It includes the identification and analysis of stems, root words (often of Latin or Greek origin), prefixes (added to the front of words) and suffixes (added […]

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Podcast: Assistive Technologies

Assistive technology and learning difficulties expert, Julie Tasker, discusses the different types of assistive technologies available to students with learning difficulties and how they ‘even the playing field’.  For more information and to learn how use the different types of technology, go to: www.atapps.com.au

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Killing Reading

Killing Reading

Although many hours each week are allocated to reading in a classroom, especially in the junior years, many students are not developing a love of reading or choosing reading as an out-of-school activity.  Classroom reading time is likely to include completing activities from textbooks or photocopied worksheets, perhaps doing a phonic related activity, vocabulary drills […]

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Minimising Homework Battles

Most children, but especially children with learning or attention difficulties, find homework overwhelming and often unpleasant. This is compounded by the fact that they are often mentally tired from a day at school. Consequently, ‘encouraging’ your children to complete their homework can often be fraught with tension both for parents and children. Below are some […]

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Six Strategies for Building Background Knowledge

The number one reason that students perform poorly on comprehension assessments is that they can’t decode (see for example Gentaz et al.’s 2013 research). So, teaching students how to decode (i.e., read) always needs to be the starting point. However, once students can actually read the words on a page, there is a growing body […]

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