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Bullying…No way!!!!!!!!!


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Here in Australia on March 18 this year, was the National Day of Action Against Bullying. There is a great website here below http://www.bullyingnoway.com.au/ This website is called Bullying. No way! and is developed and managed by all Australian education authorities for use by Australia’s Government, Catholic and Independent school communities. It provides resources, a space where you can make contributions or talk. With the latest bullying experience of a boy called Casey Heynes, it is worth taking a look at the site. What do you think about this story?

The Importance of the Home-School Partnership

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•Home – School partnerships create opportunities for the development of shared understandings of learning.
•With this shared view, the student’s home and school experiences can be brought together to be built upon for further success in learning.
•This is especially significant in supporting children’s early literacy development.

Hyperlexia, Dyslexia and Irlen Syndrome. What is the difference?

Hyperlexia versus Dyslexia. Dr Paul Whiting explains the difference in this video from Youtube.

How are you embracing the technological revolution in your classroom?

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I recently celebrated a birthday and what I observed was the number of text messages, phone calls and wishes on Facebook that I received. And they weren’t just from the younger generation either. In fact, the number actually outweighed the number of cards I received by post! This is the way we are heading in this technological age. Is the birthday card we receive in the post becoming extinct? This got me thinking, how are we preparing our students for this revolution? How are you embracing the technological revolution in your classroom?

Back to School

Dr Seuss books are great to start learning to read. I highly recommend them in the early years of school.

As we are going back to school for the new year, I found a cute little fingerplay for parents and teachers.
Back to School Fingerplay
Two little houses all closed up tight 
(make fists) 

Open up the window and let in the light 
(open fist) 

Ten little finger people tall and straight 
(ten fingers) 

Ready for school at half past eight 
(walk with fingers)

How can professionals tell if someone has Aspergers?

Aspergers is sometimes difficult to diagnose as it can present with many other disorders such as:

 * Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder • Depressive Disorder • Dysthymia Disorder • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder • Seizure Disorder/Epilepsy • Sensory Integration Dysfunction • Tourette’s Syndrome The diagnosis is usually done by a Psychiatrist and is a very comprehensive assessment that involves looking at the history, behaviours, an interview with the parents, a psychological assessment and recommendations. If you would like more information, please click on the link below. http://www.myaspergerschild.com/2011/01/how-aspergers-is-diagnosed.html

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How does the brain ‘see’ words?

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When learning to read, the brain has to learn to flip the words so that they appear right side up.

What is the best coloured paper to use for individuals with Irlen Syndrome?

The Irlen/Dyslexia Centre in Australia recommends using light blue Reflex paper for handouts and worksheets. This helps reduce stress, fatigue and headaches for people with Irlen Syndrome. Individuals with Irlen Syndrome see the printed page differently from those with normal vision and must constantly adapt to distortions appearing on the printed page. Using a light blue coloured paper may assist individuals when reading words on a page.

Irlen Syndrome- A Teen’s Summary

Have you seen David Accola’s video on YouTube about Irlen? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9N5qbMFtKQ4