Beginning conversations about race, racial privilege, and discrimination are often difficult when children are young. This doesn’t mean however, that things should be simply swept under the carpet. Teaching children to recognise privilege, identifying social and racial injustices, noting when an individual has benefitted from a race-based privilege will help go a long way to […]
About Li-ling Ooi
Li-ling is a passionate life-long learner and believes that everyone is learning all the time, no matter what age they are. She has a PhD in Structural Chemistry, (although is no longer actively researching), a PG Dip. in HE Teaching and Learning, along with a couple of other 'letters'. She loves sharing thoughts, ideas and opinions, consuming information on learning, living, entrepreneurship and all things, no matter how vaguely related. She also believes that everyone, in their own way, contributes to a better world, no matter how small.
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Race and racism are at the forefront of difficult issues and topics to discuss with children. In part because it forces us to confront our own thoughts, ideas and prejudices about the colour of our skin and that of the people around us. Yet it is important that we do address these difficult issues.
Times tables form the core of much of further and more advanced Mathematics and while it is often a boring chore, memorising times tables do indeed help in the long term Mathematical abilities and understanding. Being able to recall multiplication facts quickly also contributes to greater overall confidence in maths.
Teaching young children the alphabet is a bit like inducting them in to a secret society. ‘You mean these weird shapes and squiggles actually mean something?’
Screens are all around us in a myriad of forms, from the television to the computer, from the tablet to the mobile phone. There is hardly a child born in this day and age who will not have been exposed to a screen.
Colouring and colour pencils used to be child’s play… and real adults with real jobs would not dream of spending their time colouring.
Baking is one of those activities that everyone says is fun to do with children, especially young children. ‘They can learn so much’, apparently… little do these ‘wise’ folk without young children know, just what a chore it is to really ‘allow’ kids loose in the kitchen
Striding confidently on to the stage in little more than her early 19th century underwear, and some really fancy boots (apparently designed by Lady Gaga’s
We’ve all been there, when the weather’s tremendously bad outside, and the kids have been stuck indoors for far too long. They’re bouncing of the walls, getting under your feet and generally need to work off some pent-up energy. You could head out to a jungle gym or indoor play area, but you’ve got work […]
Although the saying goes, ‘A picture paints a thousand words’, a thousand words also does make a pretty picture. There was a time when word clouds used to sit in the sidebar of most blogs, listing the Categories or Tags in a playful visual.
Latin forms the basis of almost all European languages. While it is no longer a living language, its strict structure and grammar helps learners in their understanding of how the European languages function and have developed.
Blogging or web logging has long been used as a journaling method; the recording of one’s written thoughts and sharing it to the public space.
Comic Sans the rounded, sans serif font, with a single storey ‘a’ and a simplified ‘g’ has often been the go-to choice for teachers looking to create teaching and learning materials.
I have always been a firm believer that each of our brains are highly individual; that we each have highly personalised skills and abilities that more suited for some fields of study and expertise compared to others.
For the majority of us, Math or Maths is this rather dreary, arbitrary, very abstract subject that we occasionally apply when we’re out shopping.
Since time immemorial, examinations have been used as a measure of academic success. Ancient Chinese folklore tell many tales of country youth, in their abiding desire to better themselves and their fates, head to the then-capital of Peking to sit the Imperial exams, to join the ranks of the elite Government.