How To: Incorporate More Games into Your Lessons

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

Great Games Part Three: No resources needed

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

Great Games Part One: Bought/re-purposed 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

Great Games for Literacy and Numeracy

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

Consistency and Choice: The Core of Good Teaching?

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?

Making Word Work Work

Like many teachers I have taken inspiration for my student centered ELA classroom set up from The Daily Five by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser.  Their premise is quite simple; students are given 5 elements of their learning that they must complete (mostly in self-selected order) each day.  My classroom obviously differs somewhat from their … Continue reading Making Word Work Work