Active Ways to Teach Numbers

Whether you are a preschool, Kindergarten or ESL teacher, these strategies will help you teach numbers in an active and exciting way. Teaching numbers is made up of a few different things. They are: Counting: Being able to count in order. 1, 2, 3…. Number Recognition: Being able to name “three” when you see a 3. Being able to name…

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What’s It Like Teaching For VIPKID?

VIPKID is one of the many online ESL teaching companies. They are based in China and hire North American teachers to teach students throughout China. Today I am going to talk about my experience teaching with VIPKID for the past two years. I haven’t taught with other ESL companies but I know some basics about what those companies are like…

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How To Use Bubble Letter Mats In Your Classroom

Teachers often spend hundreds of dollars a year buying resources and supplies for their classroom. You can’t buy everything though and so I am always looking for resources that are cheap and can be used in LOTS of ways. Here is a simple and cheap resource to infuse more hands-on learning in your classroom: bubble letter cards! Scroll to end…

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How Group Work Can Raise Student Achievement

Working in groups is often to referred to as cooperative learning. Cooperative learning breaks down the classroom into smaller groups, giving each group a task. Students work together to discover a new concept of help one another learn. Research taken from Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality shows there are multiple benefits of using cooperative learning groups in your classroom.…

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Ways to Help Shy Kids Participate in Class

Participating in class activities and answering questions is a very important part of learning. It also helps the teacher to assess student’s understanding of a concept. But what if a student is so shy they won’t answer questions in class and struggle to participate at all? Should you force them? No. I used these strategies when I was teaching English…

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A Perfectly Simple Valentine’s Day Party

Looking for ideas for your Valentine party this year? Here are several great ideas that you can do with almost any age group. 1. Candy Heart Patterns Print these free candy heart patterns and have students use real candy hearts to continue the pattern. You can focus on colors using these pattern cards or you could focus on words if…

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3 Ways to Start the New Year Right in Your Classroom

I’m always amazed how many teachers come back from Winter break feeling refreshed and inspired, only to be completely overwhelmed shortly after. Let’s be honest, the slow (usually cold), gloomy months of January and February can be difficult for teachers and students to get through. Behaviors crop up in the classroom that you may not have really seen earlier in…

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Bringing History to Life

Some people think history is boring but I think it is actually one of the most flexible, engaging subjects to teach! There are soooo many cools things you can do to help bring history to life for kids. Here are a few ideas:    Mission US This website is by far the best “game-like” history website I’ve come across. It…

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Literacy Centers for Teaching Long Vowels

Once your child or student has mastered short letter sounds they can begin learning long vowel sounds. Here are four hands-on activities you can use to help them practice these sounds. You could use these same activities for learning sight words and short vowel sounds too. If you want to see more, check out my Ebook that contains 40 hands-on…

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Around The World Game

Games are a fun and important method for helping students practice skills and remember facts in the classroom. You can read more about that in my post: Why is Active Learning Important? Here is one game that I’ve used in multiple subject areas. To play Around the World, have each student stand up in a circle. Depending on how your…

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