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Composting in the Classroom - Including Curriculum Links!

Nearly 25% of all landfill waste could have been composted into a rich, beneficial resource. This blog outlines how you can compost in your classroom...

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Basket of Tricks - 5 Minute Time Fillers for the Classroom

Posted 6 days ago by Holly (Teach Starter)

My days were always jam packed with educational goodness, that's why when 5 minutes opened up - it really threw me! Read more...

Sound and Letter Art Ideas

Posted Sunday March 19 by Holly (Teach Starter)

15 of the cutest letter art ideas you ever did see... Read more...

National Day Against Bullying and Violence Classroom Activity

Posted Wednesday March 15 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Classroom story and activity to focus on the impacts of bullying. Read more...

Activities

A Simple DIY Classroom Garden

If I can create this class garden, anyone can...

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10 Fun Spelling Activity Ideas to Use in the Classroom

Posted Wednesday February 22 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Spelling or vocabulary activities that can be used for any set of words... Read more...

25 Ideas and Resources for Teaching Comprehension in the Classroom

Posted Monday February 13 by Holly (Teach Starter)

This blog article will outline how I tackled the teaching of comprehension skills in my classroom. Read more...

12 Dynamic Ways to Use Giant Dice in the Classroom

Posted Wednesday February 1 by Holly (Teach Starter)

This giant dice blog is simply the best! One educational tool used twelve different ways...the options are endless! Read more...

Art & Craft

Sound and Letter Art Ideas

15 of the cutest letter art ideas you ever did see...

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Side Portrait Collages

Posted Wednesday March 8 by Holly (Teach Starter)

A funky side profile artwork to do with your students. Read more...

Rainforest Bird Art

Posted Tuesday March 7 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Wonderful artwork to create when learning about the rainforest. Read more...

Crepe Paper Artwork

Posted Sunday March 5 by Holly (Teach Starter)

This artwork will look wonderful hanging in your classroom... Read more...

Classroom Management

Basket of Tricks - 5 Minute Time Fillers for the Classroom

My days were always jam packed with educational goodness, that's why when 5 minutes opened up - it really threw me!

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68 Ideas and Tips for Setting Up Maths Rotations in the Classroom

Posted Wednesday February 15 by Holly (Teach Starter)

To do maths rotations or not? Read more...

10 Ways to Calm Your Class after Lunch

Posted Wednesday February 8 by Holly (Teach Starter)

But, before I knew it, first-break had finished and my students were racing up to class, hot and sweaty, jumping around like they had ants in their pants! I would quickly walk outside to quieten them down, but I was faced with an impossible task! Read more...

Random Acts of Kindness Ideas for the Classroom

Posted Monday February 6 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Encourage students to be thoughtful and generous, we all know that these traits can go a long way! Read more...

Creating Teach Starter

2016 Australian Expo Wrap Up

What an amazing time we had at our expos this year! Read all about here...

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15 of the Best FREE Teaching Resources Ever

Posted Wednesday July 20, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

We want you to see why all of our members rave about Teach Starter. Check out 15 of the best free teaching resources ever to hit our website! Read more...

New Features: Gallery, Collections & Preview

Posted Wednesday March 23, 2016 by Scott (Teach Starter)

We are excited to unveil some clever new features that will significantly help to streamline your Teach Starter experience. Read more...

New Features: Category Filters Are Back, Plus an Easier Way to Find Events

Posted Saturday March 12, 2016 by Scott (Teach Starter)

We have been hard at work refining ways to make it even easier for you to find the resources you're looking for. One of those ways is category filters. Read more...

Art & Craft Fun & Games

Origami Transforming Star using Sticky Notes

Have you packed all your craft gear away? That's ok - all you need is eight sticky notes per student for this cool origami transforming star...

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10 Funny Letters Written by Kids

Posted Wednesday November 9, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

These gave us a little giggle here at Teach Starter, so we decided to share some of our most favourite... Read more...

14 Quick, Easy and Fun Daily Classroom Fitness Activities

Posted Thursday September 22, 2016 by Victoria (Teach Starter)

This blog briefly outlines each activity from our 'Pack of Fun' fitness cards (free download). Read more...

16 Hands On Phonics Games for the Classroom

Posted Tuesday September 20, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

This blog outlines some fantastic phonics resources and activity ideas that can be used in the classroom environment. Read more...

Guest Blog

Midday Munching - Recipe One

The perfect quick and easy lunch recipe for busy teachers!

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11 Engaging Apps to use in the Classroom

Posted Thursday January 19 by Sarah from Two Teachers One Blog

Our friends at Two Teachers One Blog have given us their top classroom apps they will be using in 2017! Check it out... Read more...

Classroom Mysteries - Perceptual Processing Disorders

Posted Monday November 28, 2016 by Halena Kyle

Every day in classrooms across Australia, contemporary Educators put on their “Nancy Drew” hats and try to solve the mystery of why one of their students isn’t learning effectively. Faced with a plethora of likely suspects, the investigation continues, until the “culprit” is found. This is the story of one of the unsolved cases... Read more...

How to Use Whiteboards in the Classroom to Encourage Creativity

Posted Wednesday November 9, 2016 by Naomi Webb

Creativity is important. It aids a child’s intellectual and emotional development, helps them to innovate and develop problem-solving skills, and can even help children to feel more confident in their ideas and decisions. Read more...

Hints & Tips

Composting in the Classroom - Including Curriculum Links!

Nearly 25% of all landfill waste could have been composted into a rich, beneficial resource. This blog outlines how you can compost in your classroom...

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8 Fun and Effective Lesson Closures

Posted Wednesday November 23, 2016 by Victoria (Teach Starter)

It’s happened to all of us, the intention is there but just as you’re thinking “I still have ten minutes…” the bell rings and the lesson ends with a frantic collection of work! Read more...

Amazing Relief Teaching Daily Plans and Activity Ideas

Posted Wednesday November 2, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Calling all relief teachers...check out these amazing daily plans, resources and activity ideas to ensure your days run as smoothly as possible! Read more...

15 Tips and Hacks for Ziploc Bags in the Classroom

Posted Thursday October 27, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Who would have thought the trusty ziploc bags could be used for so many things? Read more...

Classroom Management Inspiration

12 FREE Posters to Enlighten Your Classroom with Positivity

Check out some of our free positivity posters available to download now...

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Activities Parenting

13 Fun Sight Word Activities for Home and School

Learning sight words doesn't need to be boring or mundane. Your children/students will be begging to learn their sight words with these fun and engaging activity ideas.

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10 Tried and Tested Fine Motor Activities

Posted Tuesday September 13, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Before children head to formal education, parents will often spend hours focusing on developing their child's gross motor skills, such as, catching a ball, swinging on a swing by themselves and climbing playground equipment. However, fine motor skills, and developing the muscles in a child's fingers and hands, is just as important. Read more...

How much does my child need to know before starting school?

Posted Monday October 12, 2015 by Holly (Teach Starter)

The kindergarten program in Australia teaches a variety of concepts through play-based learning. This is intended to assist children to transition into their first year of schooling. However; it is important to recognise that children will develop at their own pace. Read more...

Why do Children Fight? Lessons in Moral Development

Posted Monday November 10, 2014 by Kathryn Tonges

Which is your story? You dread the child next door coming over to play; Your child comes home from school crying, “She’s not my friend any more”; You have two children and they are always fighting; You hear from others that your son is a bully; Your child often says, “That’s not fair. She’s got more than me”. Read more...

Professional Development

10 Benefits to Playing Games in the Classroom

"Play is our brain's favourite way of learning" - Diane Ackeman

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Classroom Mysteries - Perceptual Processing Disorders

Posted Monday November 28, 2016 by Halena Kyle

Every day in classrooms across Australia, contemporary Educators put on their “Nancy Drew” hats and try to solve the mystery of why one of their students isn’t learning effectively. Faced with a plethora of likely suspects, the investigation continues, until the “culprit” is found. This is the story of one of the unsolved cases... Read more...

5 Differentiation Strategies To 'Individualise' Your Curriculum

Posted Wednesday June 22, 2016 by Stephanie (Teach Starter)

Catering to the diverse range of learning needs of students is undoubtedly one of the greatest challenges faced by the teachers of today. Read this blog article for ideas on how to mange the diverse learning abilities in your classroom. Read more...

Nurturing and Supporting Children with Autism in the Classroom

Posted Sunday April 10, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

As a teacher, finding out you have a child with autism in your class for the first time can be a daunting thought. Read more...

Reading & Writing

Readers' Theatre - Building Fluency, Confidence and Comprehension

Why Readers' Theatre is a must in any classroom...

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Creating Powerful and Memorable Read Aloud Experiences in the Classroom

Posted Sunday March 12 by Victoria (Teach Starter)

"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." - Dr. Seuss Read more...

10 Ways to Use Persuasive Topic Cards

Posted Wednesday March 8 by Holly (Teach Starter)

One set of persuasive topic cards used 10 ways... Read more...

10 Children's Books For Teaching Persuasive Writing

Posted Monday February 27 by Holly (Teach Starter)

This blog features some of the best children's storybooks to help teachers during the teaching of persuasive writing... Read more...

Special Occasions

Earth Hour Classroom Activities and Resources

We've got the whole world in our hands...

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National Day Against Bullying and Violence Classroom Activity

Posted Wednesday March 15 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Classroom story and activity to focus on the impacts of bullying. Read more...

13 Valentine's Craft Ideas and Decorations for the Classroom

Posted Sunday January 29 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Here are some cute Valentine's Day classroom craft activities that you can do with your students. Read more...

16 Christmas Crafts and Activities for the Classroom

Posted Tuesday November 15, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

With Christmas just around the corner, we have put together some of our favourite Christmas crafts and activities to do in your classroom. Read more...