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 more Why 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 more Edtech – 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 more Edtech – Using a Green Screen in the classroom

EdTech – Using Blabberize to get students speaking

I came across blabberize when I was researching projects to do as part of a Roald Dahl based summer camp. Blabberize is a website which allows users to record their voices and have the mouth of a picture move along with the words. The kids had been working on the theme of bullying during the … Read more EdTech – Using Blabberize to get students speaking

Interesting reads

Being a big fish in a small pond has its benefits. The BBC ran a piece this week identifying the benefits of being a big fish in a small pond. They used an analysis of the entire careers of famous footballers to come to the conclusion that sometimes it benefits people to be the most … Read more Interesting reads

Resource Roundup – The generators

Generators are particularly useful for teachers that want to save time. They do this by enabling tasks which are repeated to be done just once. Here, we look at some of the generators available on Tigerlearn.com and how they can be used. The automatic lesson plan generator Realistically, once you’ve been teaching for a while, … Read more Resource Roundup – The generators

Resource roundup – some of the ELA selection

Resources are being migrated from their original homes to the new store here at Tigerlearn, so let’s take a quick look at some of the resources available. The tigerlearn ESL pack is a 60 page pack for ESL/EAL teachers, packed full of resources for use with students who don’t speak English as a first language. … Read more Resource roundup – some of the ELA selection