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Part of creating bully-free, safe and positive learning environments has a lot to do with teaching kindness. Here’s a list of lessons and activities that will promote kindness in your classroom.

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Visualising is the reading strategy that helps your students create a picture in their head of what they’re reading, almost as if your students are making videos or movies in their heads, all built from their background knowledge, their imagination, and the content of the text.

Here are some tips for teaching students to visualise.

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Ask a reader what they have learned from a text and you’re going to get one of two answers. Students will have either grasped the main idea or skipped right past it. If it’s the latter, it’s likely that these learners need help with a very important reading strategy: determining the important idea. Here are some tips.

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Too often “teaching” comprehension often involves students reading a text and answering a set of questions about it. It should be the other way around – to be a proficient reader, students need to ask questions. Here’s how to teach your students to ask questions.

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Familiar with the phrase “reading between the lines”? Drawing inferences from the text is like reading between the lines – it’s looking for the meaning that isn’t written down word-by-word. Here are some ways you can help students develop this important reading strategy.

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Lynlee Lawrence is a head teacher at Hutt International Boys School in Wellington, New Zealand. Lynlee says CSI Private Eye is “the best online resource I've come across”. We sat down with her to find out why.

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“Are levelled reading groups the best way to teach reading?” That was the question posed in an article I read recently. I’ve never been much of a fan of levelling anyway, but here’s the question I’d ask instead: “How would you like to spend your school life in the bottom reading group?”

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