Classroom Curiosities XI

Here is the latest round of classroom mishaps for your enjoyment: Consonant clusters To blend four sounds, the students have to blend consonant cluster sounds together. These can be tricky so my classes have been focusing on these by drilling the pronunciation, isolating the sounds at the start or end of the word, blending random…

Classroom Curiosities VII

The past, the present and the future walked into a bar. It was tense. This week I bring you the latest from the classroom: Bite your tongue The /th/ sound is really difficult. To model it for my students, I ask them to stick their tongues between their teeth and blow out. For those who carry…

Classroom Curiosities VI

I, for one, am a fan of Roman numerals. This week brings you more merry mishaps straight from the classroom. Hand-eye coordination One of my favourite tasks for my Kindergartners is asking them to wink. As a four sound word, it often comes up in my ‘Teacher Says’ blending game (after all, who is this…

Classroom Curiosities

Each week, I’ll be posting the weird and hilarious comments from my students. If you missed it, check out last week’s edition here. Word association One task that we frequently ask students to complete is working out the definitions of new words within a passage. In one example, my eight year olds were asked to…

Learning from my students

Curiosity. I lost it temporarily. The pursuit of it caused me to quit my job and move halfway across the world. Now as a teacher, my students often ask me about things I’ve never really considered, such as why a toothbrush is not called a teethbrush, or why carpet isn’t a pet for your car….

If…

If you can hold your breath when all about Kids sneeze open-mouthed at you, If you can trust yourself when all students doubt you, But make sense of their doubting too; If you can wait for a word and not be tired by waiting, Or being cried about, don’t deal in cries, Or being hated,…

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…