13 great ideas to make your classes more fun

1. Set students a task which brings lots of skills together. With a big project, you can connect your subject to the students’ other subjects, their home lives and even their worlds. Look at this charity project for inspiration. 2. Run a forest school. Meet your learning objectives while also helping kids develop their team … Read more13 great ideas to make your classes more fun

Forest school – building a shelter

Our grade 6 social studies classes are based around the book ‘Story of the World’, which is a fantastic book which talks about the beginnings of human civilisation in story form, and also contains a whole host of activities to do with your students. We were reading about the nomads. In ELA (ESL), our main … Read moreForest school – building a shelter

PBL – Bringing charity into the ESL classroom

The students in grade 5 were given a project – they had to give back. We spoke about problems around the world and what sort of things children could do to make the world a better place. They worked as a team (the whole class was just 4 kids, so it was easy to have … Read morePBL – Bringing charity into the ESL classroom

Edtech – Taking the Makey-makey into the classroom

The Makey-makey is a wonderful little EdTech tool which I have barely scratched the surface on in terms of capability, but it has so much potential in the classroom. Essentially, the makey makey is a little circuit board that you can rig up to take the role of your keyboard by completing a circuit, so … Read moreEdtech – Taking the Makey-makey into the classroom

Video list for the ESL pack

Here’s a list of video links which work with the Tigerlearn ESL pack. It doesn’t cover all the topics within the pack, but it’ll get you started. Introductions Video 1.1 – Introductions https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5qPS3balJg Countries and Nationalities Video 2.1 – Animaniacs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pOFKmk7ytU Video 2.2 – Where are you from? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gHbPDdGCFs Numbers Video 3.1 – Counting with … Read moreVideo list for the ESL pack

Discount code at the Tigerlearn store – get 15% off

Now that teachers are starting to come back to school and prepare for the next academic year, it’s a good time to get a discount on teaching resources, so get 15% discount at the Tigerlearn store until September 9th by adding discount code BACKTOSCHOOL at checkout. The resources in the store have so far been … Read moreDiscount code at the Tigerlearn store – get 15% off

Why Altruism should be a core part of the curriculum

Altruism in schools

An ideal school would incorporate elements of positive education into the curriculum through altruism and opportunities to volunteer in the community. There are numerous critics to the idea of positive education. Eccleston, 2009 (cited in Paton, 2009, No Page) voices concern that positive education can lead to a ‘dependence on external emotional support’ while Spencer … Read moreWhy Altruism should be a core part of the curriculum

Edtech – Using the Alien Code generator in the classroom

The Alien Code generator is a simple edtech tool which I use in the classroom as it always inspires intrigue in students when I use it. I don’t use it often, but I have used it to introduce tasks (part of a wider gamified approach), to introduce idioms and have students explain their meaning and … Read moreEdtech – Using the Alien Code generator in the classroom

Edtech – Using a Green Screen in the classroom

This year, I installed a Green Screen into my classroom for the children to use. It was simple to make – 3 strips of green fabric for the walls and a bit of green paper for the floor. Just like in the movies, a green screen is a great way to put your students anywhere … Read moreEdtech – Using a Green Screen in the classroom