Category Archives: classroom management tips

Happy at work – happy in class

I flip boarded across this article from fortune magazine this morning. It’s about the five things you need to be happy at work. Having the best job in the universe I already have them but I still like reading articles like this … Continue reading

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Bored of your Board?

Here are some ideas & tips for making the most of your board, be it black, white, green or smart – although to be honest I’ve never used the whiteboard more than since we got smartboards in our classrooms. While … Continue reading

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3 before Me – Developing learner autonomy in YL & teens

Teaching this age group usually means groups classes and learner autonomy is essential, not only to increase learning, which in turn promotes good classroom management, but also to ensure teacher sanity at the end of class! In this post we’ll … Continue reading

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The Student whisperer

The other day I wrote about the power of the bell that I use in class to get quiet and students’ attention. Today however I’d like to draw your attention to the other end of the spectrum – silence and near silence. … Continue reading

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Create a class memory jar

For the last couple of years our family has kept a memory jar. All year we fill it with train tickets, post-its, photos, special stones, etc. On New Year’s eve we open it together and remember all our adventures and … Continue reading

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What to do about Invisible Students

Do you have them too? Those students who are so discrete, quiet, shy or just self contained (and well-behaved!) that they simply pass completely under radar. Every year I have a few, often they have a level way above that … Continue reading

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Field trips for the EFL classroom

Do you ever take your class out? It’s not always easy or even possible, but if you can manage it then it’s a great experience for both the students and yourself. 1. A change is as good as a break … Continue reading

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Sweets & Jokers – how to blatantly bribe your students.

We have just reached the end of the first term, this means many things. End of term exams, reports, frayed tempers and tears (and that’s just the staffroom!). It also means sweeties!! After a few years dithering about “forgotten” homework, … Continue reading

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