As a private tutor, I often work with autistic spectrum children in English. Many of them 'don't get' English. They might struggle to understand what they're supposed to do for homework and can become so frustrated they give up. Though they may not be dyslexic, they might not read...
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Melanie blogs on simple recipes to turn kids into geniuses without making them cry. At ATeacherWrites.com, find something delicious for ages 6-18: from zapping Apostrophe Monsters, writing up a storm, beautiful books for all ages and magical maths. If you’re struggling with dyslexia, reluctant readers or battling over revision, share your experiences and get help!
In real life, the moral universe is rarely as clear-cut as respectable doctors vs murderers. It's about the subtle slide into the pit and the fact that often, there's something to enjoy on the way down. If there weren't something in it for us, we wouldn't go there in the first place.
29/07/2013 13:07 BST
Grammar is drilled into us at school with rules that don't make sense. So what hope do we have? In writing, we make mistakes that we'd never make in speech. This is the clue. Verbs are tricky, even nightmarish if you get up close.
19/07/2013 11:37 BST
My mum's a magician in the kitchen. She can take a soft pink steak, put it in a pan and out comes the stuff of dreams. Slapped on the plate, on a bed of yellow lettuce is half-charcoal brick, half meat-ice cream. Did I say dreams? I meant nightmares.
20/06/2013 12:56 BST
If you don't want them on computer games every hour of the day, don't let them. Seriously. Just tell them to get off it. Set a daily time limit and stick to it. Starve their addiction, and enjoy the awesome power you've gained.
12/06/2013 11:18 BST
The collective worship of millions - even billions - across the planet is bound to send you a tiny bit peculiar. Maybe that's what prompted John Lennon to say that the Beatles were 'more popular than Jesus'. Could it be? Is Justin Bieber bigger than God?
22/05/2013 12:26 BST
What's the Best Book to Revise AQA GCSE Language Exam Higher? Advice Straight from a Senior Examiner
The AQA GCSE has changed, and now, so has the textbook. Brand new for this year, 2013 students have the competitive edge with this brilliant book, full of worked examples, and tips straight from senior examiners on how to raise your grade in the Language Exam.
21/05/2013 13:42 BST
When kids are fighting because they all want to do maths practice - or grammar - with you, it's a nice problem to have. But also one you need to solve. What if you're handling your kids solo, and there's no one else there to get the offender(s) in a headlock so you can carry on?
07/05/2013 13:13 BST
My son said he was afraid of getting the answers wrong because he wanted to impress me. He'd tense up and breathe faster when we started practising the times tables. The solution came by accident. I asked him to answer 'smoothly', not fast, gave him a big hug and told him we need to make mistakes to learn.
06/05/2013 00:26 BST
A lot of boys struggle with reading. And yes, it usually is boys. They go from class readers and <em>Horrid Henry</em> to <em>Diary of a Wimpy Kid</em> straight onto Call of Duty, never to be seen again. Unlike great literature, shoot-em ups are easy.
23/04/2013 16:27 BST
15/04/2013 14:11 BST
In love? No one else approves? Clearly, suicide is the solution - but not until you've taken out your wife's cousin then her other cousin - who is also, somehow, her fiancé. No, it's not something the Mormons dreamed up, it's what kids are learning in a school near you, in shameless Shakespeare's rogue tragedy <em>Romeo and Juliet</em>.
09/04/2013 14:45 BST
Picture this: you're revising. But you're not entering the realm of despair, wondering about flights to South America or what you'd look like with a moustache. How is this possible? The answer's not an app, robot, or human clone and you can't buy it on the internet. Here are the low-tech secrets that will take away your revision pain.
02/04/2013 14:06 BST
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