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Tales of teaching with Story Seekers

Tales of teaching with Story Seekers

Not too long ago Courtney had a chat with Tania Withers, head of ESOL at St Joseph's Catholic School, Upper Hutt. We knew Story Seekers was a hit with her students, as she kindly reached out to sing its praises. We were keen to gain an understanding of how our...

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How to explore thinking skills while studying film

How to explore thinking skills while studying film

Acclaimed English teacher and author Yvette Krohn describes The Matrix as the best film ever made. “I was first introduced to philosophy in an authentic context when I watched The Matrix in 1999. I had little to no knowledge of formal philosophy, but the ideas...

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How to use rhythm as a tool for writing success

How to use rhythm as a tool for writing success

What brings writing alive for boys brings writing alive for all children, says author Frances Adlam, whose book Writing Success for Boys has just been published by Essential Resources. For children who struggle with writing, Roald Dahl’s words ring true: there’s...

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An academic expert’s guide to teaching poetry

An academic expert’s guide to teaching poetry

Good poetry offers ways of expressing emotions, capturing experiences and language techniques that stimulate students in ways other genres don’t. So how can teachers get students more engaged in poetry? Poet and writer, Vaughan Rapatahana (Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Te Whiti)...

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How to use the Arts to explore poetry

How to use the Arts to explore poetry

  How to use the Arts to explore poetry is the title of this wee blog post, but I am thinking another (perhaps more provocative) title could be: Why wouldn’t you use the Arts to explore and teach poetry to children? Let me explain my thinking. At its essence poetry is...

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