Category Archives: Fab ideas

Fab Idea of the Day : This is writing, not a reading comprehension (well kind of)

I always feel uncomfortable with writing activities, I feel I’m not being a proper teacher if I sit and watch my learners work for an hour, without butting in! So this activity suits my need for a bit more bustle … Continue reading

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Bloomifying “Giraffes can’t dance”

If you don’t know this amazing book then read it immediately, it’s fab! I recently gave a presentation on using Bloom’s taxonomy in storytelling so I thought I should practice a little what I preach.   Remember: Lower level skills … Continue reading

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A fishy story

I had a last minute replacement this week, so armed with my trusty board pen I entered the arena and… Firstly we had a good laugh drawing our picture to elicit vocabulary on the theme I’d chosen, in case you’re … Continue reading

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Positively Personalising the Present Perfect

An affirming way of practising the present perfect – as you can see students were first asked to write three of their achievements ( for some this was arriving on time in class!), they then asked questions to find each … Continue reading

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An active way of looking at the passive

In class this week the 3èmes had the “pleasure” of tasting some yummy English sauces, after looking at some specific vocab (molasses, cauliflower, yeast, etc) they completed a worksheet saying what they thought the sauce was made of and more … Continue reading

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What we’ll be doing on our first day back

Fun stuff basically! So many of my colleagues who teach other subjects spend the first lesson giving out paperwork and telling students how to lay out their ring binders and what the class rules are. I feel that with about … Continue reading

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Revision games

This board game can be used at any level for any subject, Just write up topics in the colours used on the board, And when students land on the square they ask a question or speak for two minutes on … Continue reading

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Powerful (and fun) learning

  End of term exams and revision are upon us again and it’s a challenge to find new, interesting ways to  help the students revise. This time I gave each student a particular grammar point or topic to prepare in … Continue reading

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#3bestbits

At the start of the school year I set up the #3bestbits challenge at school, so let me tell you what it is and how it’s going. The principle is very simple, we know writing a gratitude diary is the … Continue reading

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Write a Letter!

One of the ideas I suggested in my presentation “30 things to do with a piece of paper” was to write a letter. This week the 6ème have been studying London and the Royal family, they had so many questions about … Continue reading

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