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Entering Kindergarten

In an ordinary year, a child’s entrance into kindergarten is a major milestone for students and their families. The transition can be filled with trepidation, anticipation, eagerness and uncertainty. Some kids enter more prepared than others, with more support and more exposure to formal educational settings. Other children will have experienced nothing...

Summer All Year Long: Back to school as smoothly as possible

  So, it’s goodbye to August and hello to autumn! September blues! And yet there are no rules or regulations stating is has to be this way, so why do a certain percentage of the population write-off the summer so readily? Who are these people? Trick question? No, not really. Maybe the answer that would spring to most people’s minds is: teachers! After...

Back to School

Regardless of your position in the field of education or how much you love your work, scheduling in time to revitalize yourself is key in preventing burnout and promoting a positive attitude. When the scales weigh too heavily on the side of work, it can manifest in things like a short temper with loved ones or feeling shortchanged when Sunday night rolls...

Have More Fun This School Year

  Who has not experienced moments seeing that flash of interest in students’ eyes, smiling as the bell rings because the energy is so high and no one wants the period to end? How do we extend these moments? How do we create an environment that keeps students stimulated and craving more? How do we have more fun? How can we prevent ‘boredom’? What is it that...

First Lesson Planning

No matter how many years you have been teaching, September is always a month for reflection. You promise yourself that this year will be different, that you will set new goals, stick to them and be successful. You start planning the first lesson for every single class you have, as in private language schools we have the privilege to teach all ages ranging...

Christmas Video Facts

  This is a great simple activity to practice their reading and writing skills while talking about some unusual facts about Christmas.  Activity Time:  15 mins Level: Teens and Adults Intermediate + First put your class in pairs. Tell them to write the following information on a piece of paper or on their notebooks. Make sure...

Transforming Last Year’s Experience into New Year’s Wisdom

The ability for assessing and decision making attested reality of all human-centered professions is their subjectivity to perpetual change. Therefore it is hard to attain perfection in all aspects. The areas, skills and approaches that constitute the teaching practice viable are: Reliable managerial skills Fairness and good judgment The ability to...

Teaching Junior Beginners via Skype

Teaching On Line is gaining popularity at lightning speed, mainly due to the advancement of technology and applications such as Skype, Google Hangouts and FaceTime, which work miracles for people who want to remotely connect in a personal way. However, eight years ago when I took up the challenge to teach Zoe on line things were a lot more difficult...

Xmas Conversation questions

208087 1777x1346 christmasclassroom  Over 25 different questions to get the class talking about Christmas.   Level: Teens and Adults all levels.   • Did you enjoy last Christmas? Why? • How do you celebrate Christmas? • What is a traditional Christmas like in your country? • Do you decorate the outside of your house for Christmas? • Do you eat a turkey dinner for...