In and out From my experience, I am aware that at the beginning young learners need to have something more than just intrinsic motivation. Usually, some kind of extrinsic tool need to be adapted first. Motivation is a very complex phenomenon, which only partly depends on the teacher. Generally, pupils are interesting in discovering new matters. We as teachers can deepen...
Let me introduce you to 'The Voice-o-meter I must admit that the noise level at primary schools is rather too high. Shout, cry, howl, bleep, tumult, scream, clamour... Circle the correct word Children mess around the corridors and even when the break's over; they still talk, murmur and produce too much unnecessary noise. Idea! I wasted my time saying 'Ok, be quiet, it's lesson time, etc.'...
Opposites, lesson for 2nd grade, 45 minutes Materials needed: a copy of the story, a set of pictures to the story, words on small pieces of paper, magnets, board, a copy of lyrics for every S, computer with internet connection, projector *if you download the song at home you can use your mobile and Bluetooth speaker to play the song. Video...
I said YES. Knowing my opinion about smartphones in the classrooms, I will present one idea of using mobile phones/smartphones/anything that has internet connection effectively during the lessons. How about playing online quizzes with our students? For those who are not familiar with Kahoot.com, it is an online platform with quizzes created by its users. Everyone can sign in just using an...
What is your opinion about smartphones in the classroom? Smartphones are glued to your kids’ hands, right? If they are able to, they would play, snap, record all the time. Usually teenagers spend their free time in this way; however, the trend is also visible among students who are 9-10 years old. School rules In my school, we have no phones policy. Phew…...
Sometimes things around you seem to be awful and you are fed up with everything. Bad weather? An argument with someone you care about? Terrible behaviour of your children? Lack of coffee and sweet snacks? Horrible boss’s mood? I bet all of us have worse days. When everything is falling apart. With the autumn long evenings, this state of mind may come...
Yes, I do. Yummi! I bet all of teachers know the famous song with compilation of food items called ‘Do you like broccoli ice-cream?’ with all its versions from SuperSimpleSongs. The melody is very catchy and the simple structure ‘Do you like…?’ can be easily grabbed by your students. This is amazing way to sneak a little piece of grammar...
The idea of theme books and how to create your own story Have you got any idea for your next lesson? I bet your head’s full of wonderful ideas, but how about adding a book or a short story to it? Books about... I am a great fan of showing books which have something in common with the topic is in progress...
 What’s next? I have done a chapter from a coursebook and what’s next? Should I move on to the next one without any special activities or shall I assess the students somehow? I bet you have done plenty of observations during this month (or whatever amount of time you devoted to cover the chapter) about your students’ progress, and I hope...
How to teach 'I like/I don't like' + food? Let's have a project. The best way to teach anything is to personalise it and let students have fun while doing activity and learning. Materials? Easy peasy lemon squeezy! I asked pupils to cut out pieces of food they like and don't like from supermarkets' leaflets and bring them to the lesson devoted...