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 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 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…

To the Sound of Cicadas

MacRitchie Nature Trail, Singapore A puff of mist rose from the jungle as I approached the wet boardwalk. A siren began to wail, calling the stray kayaks back to the shore as a rumble echoed across the water. I hesitated. Another loud wave crashed into the sky and rippled above me. As I counted the…

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…

Yoga Three Ways

I was running late. In flip flops, I clumsily sprinted past the Chinatown stalls and hustled my way through dawdling groups of tourists. Passing the Hindu temple, I paused to allow some worshippers to cross my path as they made their way towards echoey chanting. Sprinting across the road and ignoring the oncoming traffic, I…

Classroom Curiosities III

This week’s instalment of comments overheard in my classroom: Consumerism Isn’t it amazing to think of the varieties of fresh produce and items available in our supermarkets? One text prompted a student of mine to write, ‘She saw milk in the refrigerator.’ Yet she didn’t actually write milk. She wrote ‘milf.’ Hosting Like many others,…

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….