Fun Group Games That Allow for Social Distance

With schools starting back up around the globe educators are looking for fun games that can help students run and getting their “wiggles” out while still maintaining social distance. Most districts are still recommending that students: Keep 6 feet apart Do not touch others Do not share equipment Here are some games I’ve been playing all summer with students. Some…

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5 Ways To Differentiate Instruction and Support Every Student

Two kids sitting next to each other reading

Differentiating instruction isn’t just about giving students more or less work than others. Students who have mastered a topic or skill don’t need to be forced to do double the math problems than everyone else. They have already mastered the concept. Instead, higher level students should be directed to move beyond what the class is doing. To try something more…

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Engaging Strategies for Teaching Short Vowel Words.

little girl sitting on the floor reading a book

Once your child is able to recognize letters and their sounds the next step is to learn to read 3 letter words with the consonant, vowel, consonant pattern. These are words such as: man, fan, bat, cat, mop, fun. Here are some printable word lists. Teaching short vowels can be done in a variety of fun ways. Here are my…

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Ways to Socialize Virtually

How to Socialize Virtually

Even though we are all stuck inside right now, we still need social interaction. Whether you live alone or with your spouse and kids, chances are you’ll want to reach out and interact with others outside your home at some point. Here are some creative ways to have fun with friends and family while still practicing social distancing. 1. Make…

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Great Games for Your Classroom

Games for Your Classroom

The games/activities below can be used with any grade, any vocabulary list, in any subject. Slap! This is a great game to reinforce vocabulary. Line 3-4 pictures up in a row on your smartboard (or just print pictures and stick to the wall). Bring up two students at a time. The teacher says a word and the students try to…

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Ultimate Guide to Teaching Phonics

How to Teach Your Child to Read

The word phonics can sometimes seem abstract or overwhelming. Parents and teachers alike often feel afraid they won’t teach reading in the “correct” order and then what they are doing won’t be effective. Here I will break down the basic steps to teach a child to read using phonics. When you teach phonics you are helping children understand the parts/sounds…

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Why Teachers Need to Take Care of Themselves

Why is it so hard for teachers to take a break? There’s a teacher in my school now who recently hasn’t been eating or sleeping because all she does it work. She gives up her weekend and time with her boyfriend, to work. Some teachers might look and say:  “well, that’s just part of the job”. But, I reject that…

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Great Hands-On Literacy Centers for ESL Students

Writing/Literacy centers are pretty common in mainstream American classrooms but how about for ESL students? Hands-on activities are still very helpful and possible for students just beginning to learn English. I just finished introducing all the letter sounds with my students. And we are working on putting those sounds together to form 3 letter words. I do centers in my…

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Easy Ways To Assess During a Lesson

1.Ask students to stand up by table or group. I’m writing this from a Reading/ESL teacher perspective but I imagine you could easily tailor it to other subjects. I use this approach when I want to hear how my students are reading and pronouncing a set of words. If I have them all say the words together I can’t really…

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How To Find A Job Teaching Abroad

How to find a job overseas

A lot of people are interested in the idea of traveling and living overseas for a period of time. I have to say, being a teacher is one of the EASIEST ways to live and work overseas! I have taught in Africa for 6 years and now I’m about to move to China to teach. So what are your options…

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