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…

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 he in any situation. Before I recognised this,…

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 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 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,…

Classroom Curiosities II

This week’s round-up of the weird and wonderful thoughts from my students: Magic One of my reading class students read the word ‘magician’ and asked what it meant. I described the traditional image of a magician using a magic wand, and pulling something surprising from his (seemingly) empty hat. The boy had a flicker of…

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,…