Revolutionary teaching practice brought out to Nyabing Primary School to put focus on brain power

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Natalie Campbell giving a demonstration to teaching staff.
Camera IconNatalie Campbell giving a demonstration to teaching staff.

A revolutionary teaching method aimed at more efficient learning in classrooms is being adopted by a number of teachers across the Great Southern.

Nyabing Primary School hosted a demonstration of the new teaching practice, called Reading Science in Schools, which uses evidence-based research on how the brain works to inform teachers on how to deliver curriculum literacy in a manner students can better retain the information.

Reading Science in Schools administrator Natalie Campbell, who is also a teacher at Mosman Park Primary School, travelled to Nyabing to give the demonstration to a room of representative teachers from Katanning, Braeside, Woodanilling, Dumbleyung, Kukerin and Kondinin.

“I came and shared what I did at Mosman Park Primary school and I demonstrated lessons for all the classes that reflects the science of reading and the science of learning,” Ms Campbell said.

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“What we are trying to do is teach the same curriculum in a more effective and efficient manner so students can retain content better.

Natalie Campbell giving the demonstration.
Camera IconNatalie Campbell giving the demonstration.

“This is a spaced practice of teaching so you can make kids retrieve information they may have learnt two or four weeks ago by bringing it to the forefront of their mind.”

The teachers in attendance have since formed an online group to share teaching ideas and knowledge between staff across the region.

Ms Campbell said she was impressed with the standard of teaching and the engagement of the students who turned out on the day.

“There was already a lot of expertise in the room, people are already on the way as it seemed schools in our district are already using a lot of these practices,” she said.

Nyabing Primary School principal Justine Foster said her school strived to use high-quality teaching and instructional programs to improve student outcomes, which is why she invited Ms Campbell.

“This is huge for our area to have her come out for free — she is just so passionate about education, we are very fortunate. This is all about fine tuning our practices, especially instructional practices, for us as teachers to better deliver content for our students,” she said.

Natalie Campbell giving the demonstration.
Camera IconNatalie Campbell giving the demonstration. Credit: supplied/supplied

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