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 IX

We have March break here in Singapore, but here is the latest from the classroom: Alliteration In one lesson this week, the children were encouraged to describe animals using an adjective with the same first sound. My class came up with a ‘runny-nosed rabbit,’ a ‘chatterbox cheetah’ and (à la Louis Armstrong) a ‘hippity-hoppity horse.’…

Classroom Curiosities VIII

Here is the latest from the classroom: Unfeasible Whilst singing the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’, one of my students stopped abruptly. When I asked why, he said, “But the cow didn’t really jump over the moon?” I asked whether the dish really ran away with the spoon, to which he replied, “Yes, that is…

Teaching English – one month in

I’ve completed my first four weeks teaching English here in Singapore. I’m enjoying the job, and mostly teaching Kindergarteners (aged 4-5) their phonics to enable them to read, along with expanding their vocabulary. However, I have some older groups up to Primary 3 level (8-9 years) which focus on comprehension and honing productive speaking and…