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  1. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Class Action: revision schedules

    Posted Apr 08th 2014, 09:49am by Jessica Ogilvy-Stuart

    ... is to get a copy of the course syllabus. If his teacher has not provided this have a look online. Most public examination boards have their own websites and you can download topic lists and learning ... weightings for various topics, which are extremely helpful when you are trying to prioritise. Teachers often hand out revision lists based on their experience of preparing students for public exams. ...

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    PE can help set a child up for a healthy future

    Posted Mar 18th 2014, 10:50am by Julie Mcguire

    ... are in the school netball team and this seems to be causing a split in friendship groups. PE lessons that are not run by experienced and sensitive professional teachers can be humiliating and even miserable ... at the subjects they find challenging with the encouragement of parents and teachers. A maths lesson can be miserable for someone who is poor with numbers, but with support children can develop a positive ...

  3. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Class Action: why texbooks are not an essential tool for teaching children

    Posted Mar 04th 2014, 10:20am by KRIS GIENGER

    ... of learning If you have decided to send your daughter to an international school, you are also paying for a more individualised approach to learning. Teachers in such schools are asked ... before the test, but to demonstrate what they are capable of on any given day. Teachers are looking at the rate of learning, as well as the level achieved. A lot of Hong Kong parents think ...

  4. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Class Action: the value of drama lessons

    Posted Jan 21st 2014, 11:11am by Julie Mcguire

    ... is often underestimated by parents and teachers as a valuable tool for high-level thinking and learning. It is also great fun and many children thoroughly enjoy it. Unfortunately, drama ... in Hong Kong schools. Moving classroom furniture, for example, can be time-consuming and spare rooms are in high demand. Lack of teacher expertise is another issue- most primary schools do ...

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    Class action: comprehension is the key to becoming a competent reader

    Posted Feb 11th 2014, 11:01am by Julie Mcguire

    ... teacher and your reasons for being concerned. The teacher should then be able to explain how his reading level has been assessed. It may be the case that he does need to be challenged more, ... and it is high level comprehension that is the key to becoming a competent, enthusiastic reader. Home readers are often used by teachers to reinforce basic skills, and to repeat reading practice which ...

  6. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Class action: hard to find the note from teacher in today's electronic world

    Posted Jan 06th 2013, 12:00am by Julie Mcguire

    ... Julie McGuire familypost@scmp.com Hard to find the note from teacher in today's electronic world My child's school is increasingly communicating with me electronically. I no longer get notes, I get e-mails. Newsletters I could stick on the fridge are now attachments and homework is posted on a website I find hard to access. I tried to complain, but didn't feel ...

  7. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Teaching of basic literacy skills is being eroded in our schools

    Posted Jan 06th 2014, 11:50pm by Julie Mcguire

    ... planning by the teacher to make sure that basic language skills are covered in an organised way. Some research goes as far as to say that pupils transfer very few de-contextualised skills ... Sometimes, teachers can be constrained by a tight timetable which leaves little time for explicit language teaching. Recent international tests have shown that standards of literacy are slipping, ...

  8. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Class Action: classroom challenges can exhaust a child

    Posted Oct 01st 2013, 12:00am by KRIS GIENGER

    ... finished. Is this something I should talk to his teacher about ? Starting school is a big step for little people. Most parents have told them about "school" and built it up in their minds. ... that." So many children want to do well, please the teacher, listen carefully, and share their ideas hoping in return, that all the magical secrets of the adult world will be revealed to them. ...

  9. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Class action: How to turn problems at school into a learning experience

    Posted Oct 15th 2013, 12:00am by Julie Mcguire

    ... alone or crying in school at unexpected times? Ask the teacher to ask her classmates if they are aware of what is going on. Social problems are a powerful driver of class dynamics and her friends will often provide a more accurate picture of the situation than teachers. Children can be quite cruel, so it's important to find out if she is being bullied in any way, as this can ...

  10. Lifestyle - Family & Education - CLASS ACTION

    Class action: beware of false praise

    Posted Dec 09th 2013, 05:49pm by Julie Mcguire

    ... hard. Her teachers say she could do much better if she applied herself. How can I encourage her to try harder? As well-meaning parents, we sometimes give false praise to our children. ... and can become demotivated. British therapist Stephen Grosz has warned that parents and teachers who lavish what he calls empty praise on children may hinder their progress at school, ...




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