If you read my recent post about my return to blogging, you’ll have seen that I’ve been on a bit of a crusade at my school to prove that ed-tech can be, should be, and is being, used to develop the communication skills of students (If you haven’t read it you can find it here). … Continue reading 4 Great Ways to Use Ed-Tech to Build Communication Skills in the Elementary Classroom
I'm back in the UK at the moment for our summer break before we head over to our new school and home in Malaysia in August. You might think that means I'd have more time to write, but I'll be honest here I'm spending it all with my little boy and our families - today … Continue reading Encouraging Reluctant Readers
Ever had one of those moments when you see another class lined up perfectly straight, quiet and attentive while yours run riot in the hallway? Truth is I think we all have, and its easy to want to scream and shout at them asking 'Why can't you be nice like that class?!' however, don't despair … Continue reading How to: Get students to line up quickly and quietly
As teachers we all know the tremendous benefits of using games for learning; however it is so easy in the middle of a busy week, term or year to lose track of their importance and neglect to include as many as you would like to. In this post I'll be discussing a few tips and … Continue reading How To: Incorporate More Games into Your Lessons
For the final part of this mini-series I'm going to look at a handful of games that hit a number of great criteria: They help students to learn or practice something importantThey are fun and engagingThey require nothing (or at least, very little!) These games are great to have ready for those moments when a … Continue reading Great Games Part Three: No resources needed
New books!!! Sorry, that's really not how a blog post should start but I'm just so excited! Ahead of my move I decided to make the most of what is secretly one of my favourite things about India (sorry monuments, culture, history, food and people!) - books here are often really, really cheap! My son … Continue reading Summer Book Haul!
Here goes with post two in this mini-series. If you haven't read part one yet I suggest you begin with the introduction here. In the first post I talked about some of my favourite games that have either been purchased and played as intended, or used other games re-purposed to fit a skill or concept … Continue reading Great Games Part Two: Created/Printed Games
Thanks for dropping by again! This week I'm kicking off my mini-series on some of my favourite English and Math games to play with primary school students, you can find the introduction to this mini-series here. In this first post I'm looking at games that I've either brought and used as they are, or re-purposed. … Continue reading Great Games Part One: Bought/re-purposed games
During the last week of school I love to round off our year by replaying my class' favourite Maths and English games from the year. I rotate our games through the year as ability, preference and focus changes but its always fun to go back and bring out some of the 'classics'. The kids love … Continue reading Great Games for Literacy and Numeracy
As a teacher I love to read about education, I know, I know it seems sad doesn't it! But, in my defense I love teaching, education, learning and all things connected to it! Whilst I love to read about education I sometimes feel like there is a disconnect between some of the broad theories of … Continue reading Consistency and Choice: The Core of Good Teaching?