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Idea 168: Freeze and Pose Drama Technique for English

Another simple way to engage your pupils with a story or topic. Choose a specific scene from the book you are studying and have children think of a ‘freeze frame’ mime they could do to explain how they think a … Continue reading

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Idea 167: Conscience Alley Drama Technique

A drama technique I’ve been shown a few times in seminars, useful for sparking some ideas for creative writing. Choose a decision linked to the subject area you are teaching, for example ‘Should the Gruffalo have surgery to remove the … Continue reading

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Idea 166: ‘Make a Face’ Drama Technique for English

An easy way to engage pupils with a story. Ask pupils to think of a facial expression to match how a certain character would be feeling at a certain point in the story you are reading together, for example ‘How … Continue reading

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Idea 165: ‘High Fiving’ Spelling Words

A simple idea to get your pupils using any spelling focus words. Print each of your spelling words onto a hand print and put them up by your classroom door. When a learner enters or leaves your class, they choose … Continue reading

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Idea 138: Silly Stories

While discussing writing techniques with a few teacher friends, my girlfriend mentioned how her teacher back in her primary days gave the class some time to write ANYTHING they wanted, and to do it ANY WAY they wanted (plan, don’t … Continue reading

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Idea 111: Using Rory’s Story Cubes in Class

STORY CUBES This is a game that I picked up from an upscale market in Bangkok recently. The game consists of 9 cubes, each cube having 6 unique images printed on it. Add-on packs can be bought if you want … Continue reading

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Idea 98: Acrostic poems

ACROSTICS This is a nice introduction activity when you want to begin looking at poems. Before you start getting into the tricky area of having the students write a poem that rhymes, start off by having them write their name … Continue reading

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Idea 96: Syllable Pyramids and Haiku

SYLLABLE LESSON AND WRITING A HAIKU Firstly I gave my students some simple words and told them to listen for how many separate sounds they could hear. I find that even young students don’t have much trouble listening for syllables, … Continue reading

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Idea 84 for Easy Creative Writing

CARTOON DIALOGUE Materials: Some comic strips without dialogue. Students involved: All class. I really wanted my first-grade students to write creatively, but it can be a bit of a daunting task even for an adult to be handed a blank … Continue reading

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Idea 79 for No-Prep TEFL Vocabulary Game

BANANA, BANANA! No materials needed. All students. Game: This is a good game for memorising vocabulary. You need about ten words that the students are learning. All the words are written on the board and quickly revised. One of the … Continue reading

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