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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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15 Activities Using a Classroom Calendar

Posted Wednesday December 21, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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Classroom calendar, not just a morning routine to settle students... Read more...

Hands-On Maths Tool Box in the Classroom

Posted Thursday December 15, 2016 by Victoria (Teach Starter)

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Most children learn maths through multiple representations and with hands-on activities. Read more...

27 Practical Word Wall Ideas for the Classroom

Posted Wednesday December 14, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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Some neat ideas for setting up a word wall in your classroom...check them out here... Read more...

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Activities

10 Ways to use Building Bricks in the Classroom

Check out these fun English and Maths activities and games using building bricks...

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10 Ways to Use Playdough in the Classroom

Posted Tuesday November 22, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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Kids love playdough! So why not use it in the classroom...here are ten ways you can! Read more...

22 Maths Mentals Classroom Games and Teaching Resources

Posted Wednesday October 19, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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Mental maths is a students ability to make calculations in their mind without the guidance of pencil and paper, calculators or other aids. This blog outlines some activities, resources and ideas of how to develop your students number sense. Read more...

31 Activities and Resources for Teaching Fractions in the Classroom

Posted Wednesday October 5, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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Everything you need to teach and have fun with fractions in the classroom. Read more...

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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 Spooky Halloween Craft Activities

Posted Monday October 24, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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The cutest handprint and footprint Halloween craft ideas you ever did see! Read more...

Easy and Fun Origami Box for Kids

Posted Tuesday October 4, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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A step by step process (with photos) to create this fun origami box, plus, a video to match! You can't go wrong... Read more...

8 Classroom Art Activities Inspired by Famous Artists

Posted Thursday August 25, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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8 engaging, fun and easy art activities inspired by famous artists around the world! Read more...

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Classroom Management

19 Children's Books and Classroom Activities to Teach Social Skills

These children's books and classroom activities are a must have in any classroom environment!

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15 Activities Using a Classroom Calendar

Posted Wednesday December 21, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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Classroom calendar, not just a morning routine to settle students... Read more...

How to Set Up Brag Tags in the Classroom

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

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Are you looking for a different way to manage behaviour in your classroom? Read more...

Hands-On Maths Tool Box in the Classroom

Posted Thursday December 15, 2016 by Victoria (Teach Starter)

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Most children learn maths through multiple representations and with hands-on activities. Read more...

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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)

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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)

New Teach Starter Features: Gallery, Collections & Preview

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)

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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...

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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)

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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)

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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)

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

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Guest Blog Professional Development

Classroom Mysteries - Perceptual Processing Disorders

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...

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How to Use Whiteboards in the Classroom to Encourage Creativity

Posted Wednesday November 9, 2016 by Naomi Webb

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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...

A Heart-warming Story Helping Children Face Bullying

Posted Tuesday June 7, 2016 by William Reimer

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Bullying is an issue that affects all children on some level - and if not addressed early on, it can have severe psychological consequences. Statistics indicate that it’s only getting worse. Read more...

A Fun Activity to Introduce Density to Children

Posted Thursday September 25, 2014 by Emma Vanstone

A Fun Activity to Introduce Density to Children

Hello, my name is Emma and I blog at Science Sparks, a blog that is packed full of fun, easy and engaging science activities for children of all ages, using materials and equipment you probably already have around the house. Read more...

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Classroom Management Hints & Tips

8 Fun and Effective Lesson Closures

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!

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Amazing Relief Teaching Daily Plans and Activity Ideas

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

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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)

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

Teachers! Lock down your Facebook account’s privacy settings

Posted Tuesday October 25, 2016 by Jill (Teach Starter)

Social media mayhem: how to lock down your Facebook account’s privacy settings

You’ve probably heard your fair share of social media nightmare stories. Read more...

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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)

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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)

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

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

Why do Children Fight? Lessons in Moral Development

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...

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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

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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)

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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)

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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...

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Reading & Writing

What's in a Classroom Guided Reading Tool Kit?

Have you heard of a guided reading tool kit? This blog will give you some fantastic ideas of what to put in your very own classroom reading tool kit!

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28 Punctuation Resources and Activities

Posted Wednesday September 28, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

16 Hands On Phonics Games for the Classroom

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

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

40 Activities and Ideas to Set up Literacy Groups in Your Classroom

Posted Wednesday September 7, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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This blog has everything you need to set up your literacy rotations in your classroom! Check it out... Read more...

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Special Occasions

16 Christmas Crafts and Activities for the Classroom

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

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10 Spooky Halloween Craft Activities

Posted Monday October 24, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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The cutest handprint and footprint Halloween craft ideas you ever did see! Read more...

Book Week Activities for Dress Up Day

Posted Tuesday August 16, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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Children are bursting with excitement, eager to see what their friends look like and of course, what do their teachers look like? It is a childhood memory that most Australian children will always remember. Read more...

10 Olympic Inspired Classroom Activities and Resources

Posted Wednesday July 13, 2016 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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It only comes around every four years so...let's celebrate! Here are 10 great ways to celebrate the Olympics in your classroom... Read more...