Classroom Curiosities XIX

This week, I bring you some dental advice, dance moves and a spot of jaundice. Zombie I taught possessives to my primary students and explained that we use ‘of the’ instead of an apostrophe for non-living things or non-humans. I wrote some examples on the board, using the nouns ‘teacher’ and ‘door’ to test these…

Classroom Curiosities XVIII

This week’s edition contains graffiti, artistic canines and a revolting new game. Horror show My class tackled silent letters in reading class, and we read a story about a some wrens nesting. When I asked my students what they ate, one child replied, “Their sons.” Another child suggested, “Limbs.” They were referring to tree limbs,…

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…

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…

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….

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…

Pole dancing

This post needs no witty title. The experience of my first pole class was amusing enough. Always willing to try something new, I signed up and somehow managed to persuade one of my teacher friends to come along. I know what you’re thinking – it’s not the first thing you associate with a nursery teacher,…

Classroom Curiosities XIII

The hardest thing about being a teacher is keeping a straight face when the children say something unintentionally funny. This week’s round-up induced some eye twitching on my part: Pants I had my first wardrobe malfunction at work this week. I started the day feeling optimistic. I was chuffed that I could still squeeze into…