Category: Teacher Tips

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Interaction Patterns and Seating Arrangements

How should you sit and pair or group learners for the best learning results? How can you change up the classroom to keep the learners engaged and on task? How does the classroom management change with different activity types? These questions are essential for creating a student-centered learning environment. This post is best viewed while listening…
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22 Qualities of Great Teachers

The struggle to be a great teacher is constant. Anyone that says they are the best teacher has flaming trousers. We need to study continually, cramming in more activities and strategies to our repertoire. Refining our favourite activity to encompass more – or different – cognitive skills. How do we get better as teachers? By focusing on…
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Tips to help you keep calm in the class room.

If you teach small stars or high flyers sometimes the kids can be loud or hyper. It can be like this at the start of the class or after a game you played. It can be one kid or the whole class. Sometimes you want to shout at them but you know you can’t. You…
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Experience of a not so experienced teacher…

As a teacher you are also forever a learner. A small bit of what I have learned thus far.

Summer Course survival guide!

Summer course: lots of kids, lots of classes and tonnes of coffee. 8 weeks of full teaching days with only 1 day off. You think it’s impossible… nah just a bit hard and funny and glorious and crazy. Your school will be filled with lots more kids from 10am and even more teaching assistants. It…
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Incidental and Implicit Language – Use in the Classroom

So I noticed a thing. Learning a language is a long hard road, and for most of us the initial challenge is opening our mouths to speak. I was learning Chinese for a long while before I had the courage to open my mouth and utter a full sentence. Previously I had been using short…
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Class Management Made Easy

“Classroom management refers to the ways in which student behaviour, movement and interaction during a lesson are organized and controlled by the teacher” Richards (1990, 10) . During my career as an EFL teacher I have come across plenty of teachers who get frustrated with young children. We’ve all heard or expressed the excuses. Because…
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Quick Phonics Interactive Rush

I was teaching a SSB (5 year olds) and they can be some of the most challenging students to teach – they know how to push their boundaries. So I decided to design an activity that was complex enough, but with a simple output that the students would be engaged, not over-worked, and be able…
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Parent Teacher Meetings

I I had my first Parent teacher meeting (PTM) yesterday and I was scared. I was scared of telling the parents something they didn’t want to hear about their child. I have never been on the teacher side of the desk before, my experience of PTM’s were in Primary and secondary school where my mum…
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6 Things You Missed About IWB Troubleshooting

My IWB isn’t working, can someone come and fix it? Can I change classroom, my IWB is broken …
We have all said these words and wasted 10 minutes of a lesson, frequently.
Let’s take fate into our own hands! Empower yourself!

Here are 6 Things You Missed About Getting Those Gremlins Out of Your IWB – Hiteboard & Projector Edition.