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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 137: Spelling Blitz

Every Friday we have our weekly spelling test. I start the lesson by eliciting the spelling words and writing them on the board. After I have the words of the week on the board, we play a few rounds of … Continue reading

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Idea 130: Silent Directions

This is a bit of fun that you can use to help focus your class’ attention, or to help bring down the noise level of your classroom. At the end of my classes, the children line up by the door … 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 109: Using Bananagrams in Class

BANANAGRAMS Some of my colleagues had been mentioning how they use ‘centres’ in their classes, which is an area I feel I’ve never really explored properly. By ‘centres’, I am referring to one lesson where you might have 4-5 activities … 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 80: Hidden Images Picture Search

HIDDEN PICTURES. Printed-out worksheets. All students. Activity: This is a great activity to have printed-out and tucked away in a folder as a back-up. Each picture has multiple objects hidden inside it, which the students have to find. The pictures … 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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Idea 78 for No-Prep TEFL Spelling Game

TEAM SPELLING GAME. No materials needed. All students. Game: An excellent game for memorising vocabulary. Divide the class up into teams (I usually just have two). Each member of the team spells only one letter of a word, and then … Continue reading

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Idea 77 for Kindergarten Lesson to Promote Sharing

RAINBOW SHARING This is another idea I used in the Emotional Quotient class that I teach. In this class, we try and promote a good attitude in the children in terms of how they interact with each other. I started … Continue reading

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