Thursday, 22 January 2015

Spice Up Your English Classroom! (2)

Are you creative? Do you spend time planning creative activities for your lessons? Here's an activity I carried out in my classes recently. It's called 'A Sheet on Everyone's Back'. I learned this from this wonderful book which I bought from a conference (see pict. below) You can find great ESL books in conferences teachers. That is why we must make it a point to attend conferences like MELTA, MICELT, etc.

Here's how to:

1. Bring plenty post-it notes (mine didn't stick very well so think of something that sticks well)
2. Give each SS one post-it notes.
3. Tell SS to stick the notes on their friend's back.
4. Tell them to write at least 3 questions they would like to ask that friend.
5. Let them mingle for about 3 minutes. (Raise your hand to signify end of activity- once SS get used to your style, they will follow your instructions)
6. Now, as SS to take of the sheet behind their back and read the questions aloud and answer them.

Fun? Well, we had fun in class.
When to carry this out? I carried it out at the beginning of class to get them excited and anticipate the lesson. 

* If some SS are more popular than others, write some questions on those that are not so popular so they don't feel left out o.k.? 

Try it out and see how it goes!

Happy teaching!

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Spice Up Your Lesson!


 Try it out peeps and share your experience. More to come :)

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Sunday, 11 January 2015

Joys of Journaling: The Star Education, 11 January 2015

I felt so excited today to learn that my article was published in STAR Education. can read the article on the benefits of journaling by clicking on the image.
Happy reading!

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Friday, 9 January 2015

Today's Learners

I hope you're not tired of hearing the buzzwords in education today: collaboration, 21st century classroom, professional learning community (PLC), Lesson Study, Differentiated learning etc. Yes, a mouthful isn't it? Well, take it one at a time shall we? To match those demands one has to understand the DNA of today's learners. Below is a quick summary of who he or she is. Keep them in mind as you plan your lessons and plod (sprint?) along the education journey in 2015! Best!

(Credit: Google Images)

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Writing and HOTS

As I was looking for materials to prepare for my first lesson next week, I found a book I bought in 1994 and have not used at all! Alhamdulillah! This is just the book I need for my Form 4 classes. What you have are situational tasks which encourages students to think and expand their ideas before launching into full writing. A great start to the new school term!
Happy teaching!

(Credit: Longman)

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015

2015 Literature Component

Thanks to a dear friend who sent these to me. This is no time to be secretive because the new term that was supposed to start last week peeps! Teachers are all struggling to know which texts to teach. I can now look for notes and materials to plan my lessons. Here are some links for a start:

Form 4

1. Charge of the Light Brigade- Lord Tennyson:  
2. Leaving- M.G Vassanji (wonderful prezi presentation)
3. The right thing to do- Martin Ford

Happy teaching teachers! And Oh! Teach them all and teach them well will yer?


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Friday, 2 January 2015

New Literature Component for Forms 1 & 4 2015

Hi peeps! Am sure you're aware of the new literature component for 2015. I snapped these from my school's SBPT. These are the books for Johor.  I haven't seen any workbooks or support materials to teach these books however but I guess they're all in the pipeline. 
Happy teaching!


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Happy New Year!

(credit: google images)

I wish that the New Year turns out to be a very special one for you 
filling each day with peak of health, abundance of happiness and sunshine,bountiful luxury and prosperity and Zen like serenity.

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