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Engaged Learning vs. Just Getting the Answer

Most of us with children have no doubt looked at their work and realised that far more of what is taught is done so from a problem-solving point of view than when we were at school.  And yet too often we (parents and teachers alike) still insist on getting straight to...

How can I improve my child’s attention span?

How can I improve my child’s attention span?

Studies reveal that we now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish. According to a study by Microsoft, on average we have the ability to focus for a mere 8 seconds! This photo shows a man so engrossed in his phone that he misses a humpback whale swimming past...

Do our children really need to learn Maths at school?

Do our children really need to learn Maths at school?

One of the most common complaints heard by a Maths teacher must be, “Why do we need to learn this?”  Even though schools now approach all subjects with a more integrated approach, it is often still difficult to explain to a 13 year-old that it is necessary to...

Which apps should I download for my child?

Which apps should I download for my child?

Have you bought an iPad or tablet for your child for Christmas but don't know what to load it with?  There are literally thousands of apps on offer and some of them are more desirable than others. Play them yourself My first piece of advice, if you have young...

How to get your child to do their homework

How to get your child to do their homework

You’ve rushed from work, just managed to pick up the kids from school just as the bell rang, made it home in one piece and now it’s time to think about getting dinner started.  Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to chase the kids around the house to try to get...