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How to draw like a star!

Look! Aren’t I good at drawing?!! It’s dead easy – here’s my secret: Just beam the image you want to copy onto the board before your students come in!! I love doing this to incite a bit of curiosity before … 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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Games Day

Every so often we drop everything and have GAMES DAY! – For example when I’m covering for a sick colleague! The principle is simple, a) Get out every game you have and set the classroom so the groups can go … Continue reading

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Catch their interest

I’m lucky because I teach English in the primary classroom. This means I can pop in and leave clues about what we will be studying in English class this week. I love  doing this before lessons start on Monday (with … Continue reading

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Jungle Dance

We have been reading ” Giraffes Can’t Dance” this week, I love this book, it has a great “moral”: EVERYONE CAN DANCE, WHEN YOU FIND MUSIC THAT YOU LOVE! Not only did we study jungle animals, but as all the … Continue reading

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How to use Storytelling in the classroom

Once upon a time there was a group of teachers who were wary of using authentic story books in the classroom. They complained about everything. To start with, they said the vocabulary wasn’t of the bland, pre-packaged variety found in ELT books, … Continue reading

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Story Box 

The other day I was talking to a colleague who said “there’s nothing new in efl”. I didn’t agree, and told her about the wonderfully original story boxes we have created with my primary class…    They look like a … Continue reading

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Ready, Steady, Cook!

Ingredients: various utensils nicked from home a bunch of empty cartons from the recycling box a pile of toy fruit & veg a pinch of suspense lashings of students Method: 1.Explain to students how the TV programme Ready, Steady, Cook … Continue reading

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The last vocab test of the year

What sort of teacher gives a test on the last lesson of term? A very mean one, that’s who! However I’ve never had any complaints about this one, and the results are usually pretty good!   

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