Classroom Curiosities XVII

This belated edition features some failed origami, Ramadan, and some of my students grappling with the longevity of life. FriendShip My primary classes have been learning about procedures, and my 7 year olds were invited to make a paper boat. I tried before the lesson but couldn’t fathom the last step, so I asked my…

5 Common Mistakes for Asian Learners

Having taught young learners in Singapore for the past year and a half, I’ve noticed the regular hurdles that trip up my students while learning English. 1. Androgynous – he or she? This is a common mistake for my Chinese students, who usually default to the gendered pronoun¬†he in any situation. Before I recognised this,…

Antisocial

Back in January, I locked myself out of Facebook and Instagram. Here’s an honest account of the last four months sans social media following my initial ‘Life Without Likes’¬†post. It hasn’t all been plain sailing I recently sent my pregnant friend a TED video that gave a fascinating view into what babies learn before they…

Classroom Curiosities XVI

When being an adult is tiring, it is good to see things from a child’s perspective. Luckily, I have over a hundred of them to brighten my week: Family friendly Some of my students have been writing personal recounts about a fun family day out. I always mark their drafts to avoid any recurring spelling…

Filling in the Gaps

I’ve never been comfortable with silence. I strike up conversations with strangers on long haul planes. I fill blank spaces with empty small talk. I condense my experiences into conversation fodder. I misquote idioms. I overshare with new acquaintances and scare off any possibility of friendship. I say things I don’t agree with, but then…

Classroom Curiosities XV

This week, my classes covered self-realisation, a new way of blowing your nose and found an alternative sidekick for Pinocchio. Fast food I’ve been teaching our lower primary kids all about procedures and using imperative verbs. When I asked for an example of a recipe, one child described how to make soup. “Cut some vegetables….

My Green Guru

It’s May the 4th which can only mean one thing… Sorry to disappoint you, fellow Star Wars fans. My new master is this little guy: Lately, I’ve broken the humdrum rhythm of my life to tackle some new challenges. I’ve taken up meditation and yoga, quit social media and I’m learning Spanish. Duolingo has been…

Classroom Curiosities XIV

It was Labour Day here in Singapore, and my students have worked hard to produce some corkers in the classroom this week: Gone fishing Last week I made some new sea creatures to make our phonics fishing game more fun. Using magnetic fishing rods, we matched flashcards to the correct word through stretching out the…