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11 Hints and Tips to Help Correct Letter Confusion (Letter Reversal)

Here are some great ideas to help your students with letter confusion and letter reversals.

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Midday Munching - Recipe Three

Posted Monday May 15 by Holly (Teach Starter)

A filling and substantial soup that will warm your heart and fingers on the playground! Read more...

Why Graduate Teachers Need a Supportive Mentor

Posted Wednesday May 10 by Holly (Teach Starter)

My teaching mentor was my backbone in my first year of teaching! Someone I could rely on... she was honest, yet supportive and someone I could share my love of stationery with! Read more...

Clever Tip for Keeping Track of Student Observations

Posted Tuesday May 9 by Holly (Teach Starter)

A clever way to keep track of little observations throughout a busy school day! Read more...

Activities

20 FUN Angles Activities and Resources

Angles can be very confusing, but these activities and resources will make angles fun in your classroom!

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A Simple DIY Classroom Garden

Posted Tuesday February 28 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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

10 Fun Spelling Activity Ideas to Use in the Classroom

Posted Thursday February 23 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 Tuesday February 14 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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

Art & Craft

Romero Britto Inspired Art Activities

Check out these gorgeous Romero Britto inspired art activities...

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Fun Easter Bunny Craft Idea

Posted Wednesday March 29 by Holly (Teach Starter)

These Easter bunnies are doing their rounds on social media...and it's no wonder why - they are super cute and easy!! Read more...

Sound and Letter Art Ideas

Posted Monday March 20 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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

Side Portrait Collages

Posted Thursday March 9 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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

Classroom Management

Marble Jar Reward System for the Classroom

The counting and clinking of the marbles going into the jar were always the most exciting part of this whole class reward system!

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Basket of Tricks - 5 Minute Time Fillers for the Classroom

Posted Wednesday March 22 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...

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

Posted Thursday February 16 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...

Creating Teach Starter

Brisbane Teachers' VIP Event Competition

Read all about how you could win a double pass to our Brisbane Teachers' VIP Event!

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Brisbane Teacher Meet-Up

Posted Thursday April 20 by Holly (Teach Starter)

An amazing experience being in a room full of dedicated and passionate teachers... Read more...

The Cone and Cylinder Debate!

Posted Thursday March 30 by Holly (Teach Starter)

The debate is over...we have come to our final decision. Read more...

2016 Australian Expo Wrap Up

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

What an amazing time we had at our expos this year! Read all about here... 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 Thursday November 10, 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 Wednesday September 21, 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 Three

A filling and substantial soup that will warm your heart and fingers on the playground!

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Midday Munching - Recipe Two

Posted Wednesday March 29 by meg-made

This Chicken Caesar Wrap is just one of the many simple salads that you can toss together and throw in a wrap so you can munch away while doing the other thousand things you need to do during your lunch break. Read more...

Midday Munching - Recipe One

Posted Wednesday March 1 by meg-made

The perfect quick and easy lunch recipe for busy teachers! Read more...

11 Engaging Apps to use in the Classroom

Posted Friday January 20 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...

Hints & Tips

The Power of Questioning in the Classroom

Did you know that teachers are asking up to 400 questions a day?

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11 Hints and Tips to Help Correct Letter Confusion (Letter Reversal)

Posted 6 days ago by Holly (Teach Starter)

Here are some great ideas to help your students with letter confusion and letter reversals. Read more...

Fun Attention-Grabbing Tips for your Classroom

Posted Monday May 8 by Holly (Teach Starter)

We have all been there, not having a suitable way to gain the attention of a rowdy class can really impact on the flow of the day! Here are some fantastic ways to gain the attention of your class... Read more...

Using Visible Learning Goals in Your Classroom

Posted Friday April 7 by Victoria (Teach Starter)

A short blog explaining how to use visible learning goals in your classroom. Read more...

Inspiration

Why Graduate Teachers Need a Supportive Mentor

My teaching mentor was my backbone in my first year of teaching! Someone I could rely on... she was honest, yet supportive and someone I could share my love of stationery with!

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12 FREE Posters to Enlighten Your Classroom with Positivity

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

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

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 Wednesday September 14, 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 Tuesday November 29, 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 Thursday June 23, 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...

Good Feedback and Intrinsic Motivation Is The Key To Improvement

Posted Tuesday May 10, 2016 by Victoria (Teach Starter)

How many times have you said, “Great job!” to your students? Do they actually know what “Great job!” means? Read more...

Reading & Writing

23 Creative Narrative Teaching Resources for the Classroom

Teaching narrative writing? It's all here...everything you need!

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A Fun Comprehension Board Game for the Classroom

Posted Monday April 3 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Check out this fun and engaging comprehension strategy board game! Read more...

Readers' Theatre - Building Fluency, Confidence and Comprehension

Posted Wednesday March 15 by Stephanie (Teach Starter)

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

Creating Powerful and Memorable Read Aloud Experiences in the Classroom

Posted Monday March 13 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...

Special Occasions

Quick and Easy Mother's Day Craft Idea

An easy, yet effective Mother's Day Craft idea for you to do with your students in the lead up to Mother's Day.

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Mother's Day Craft and Gift Idea

Posted Wednesday April 26 by Holly (Teach Starter)

Don't worry about Mother's Day craft....we have done the hard work for you! Check out how easy this craft idea is... Read more...

Fun Easter Bunny Craft Idea

Posted Wednesday March 29 by Holly (Teach Starter)

These Easter bunnies are doing their rounds on social media...and it's no wonder why - they are super cute and easy!! Read more...

Earth Hour Classroom Activities and Resources

Posted Thursday March 23 by Holly (Teach Starter)

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