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First Lesson Ideas / Warmers


For many teachers, though the school year might have just ended - the joy of summer school classes is about to start.  Or may have already, but I think lessons at my habitual summer haunt are due to begin on... Continue Reading →

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The disabled access friendly world blog challenge: Creature Discomforts


Following on from the recent blog challenge on raising awareness of disability access issues, I came across the Leonard Cheshire Disability campaign whilst watching Shaun the Sheep dvds with my daughter. The campaign is called "Creature Discomforts" and has very... Continue Reading →

A film or DVD based lesson (any film)!


It's the end of the school year at the moment and most of my classes have been badgering for "Movie, teacher! Movie!" for some time.  Resistance would seem to be futile.... Basically, what they want to do is sit down... Continue Reading →

Online Game: The Curfew


I spotted a colleague (Thanks Neil!) using this with a class the other day and it looked brilliant and so investigated - it is really impressive work! Turns out Neil spotted this on Larry Ferlazzo's site. The Curfew game is aimed... Continue Reading →

Zip Zap Boing (I think?)


I blame that Simon Thomas over at efl-resource.  It's all his fault.  And I'm still not sure whether it's "zip zap zop" or "zig zag zog" or something else entirely! I've inherited a class, which Simon once taught back in... Continue Reading →

State of the World’s Mothers 2011 Statistics and Facts – Save the Children


State of the World's Mothers 2011 Statistics and Facts - Save the Children - thanks to Greg Fuller for posting this on facebook..... There's a lot of information here and obviously the most interesting thing for any class to do would... Continue Reading →

Speaking: “Just a Minute” Relay Race


If you're not familiar with it, the "just a minute" game requires learners to speak on a topic for one minute, without hesitation, deviation or repetition.  It's based on the BBC Radio 4 panel game of the same name.  Their... Continue Reading →

A lesson on Learning Goals – Ken Robinson TED Talk


I first watched Ken Robinson's TED talk - "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" some months ago - a thought provoking examination of the aims of the educational establishment.  It has influenced my thinking about the aims of teaching quite heavily, though... Continue Reading →

Giving Feedback – 20 ways to do it!


Giving feedback on classroom tasks is a tricky thing to come up with ideas for.  Broadly, I think methods can be broken down into Collaborative / Competitive / Partial / Full.  The four methods can interact, so you can have... Continue Reading →

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