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,…

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┬áhe in any situation. Before I recognised this,…

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…

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…

Classroom Curiosities VII

The past, the present and the future walked into a bar. It was tense.┬áThis 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 IV

After the Christmas break, I’m back with more insights from the classroom. Enjoy! Graphic imagery In one reading class, a child misread ‘failing eyesight’ as ‘falling eyesight.’ I mimicked what that could mean (dangly eyes) and the children were grossly delighted. ‘J’ is for… Anthropomorphism Students often encounter animals exhibiting human characteristics in literature (especially…

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,…