What did we learn today?

Teaching creatively while maintaining structure means adapting many conventional ideas. One of my favorite sources is החופש ללמד  Their latest series of tips talks about having students sum up what they learned. I usually end a lesson either by having students collect objects while naming them, or with a chant “What did we learn today?”.  They […]

Get off the Box!

This time I was teaching prepositions. Showing them with my hands, playing games, drawing on the board, learning with all the senses. But some kids are stubborn and want to learn the way they learn in school – “Just translate everything into Hebrew” I could start telling them how sensory learning has proven to be […]

Let’s finish the year with a smile

It’s the end of the year and everyone is tired. Maybe you’ve finished the textbook and maybe the kids just don’t have the patience to open it. This is the time to review everything you’ve done during the year and let groups choose their favorite games, songs and activities. Here are a few more ideas: […]

Using Songs as Text

If they don’t like English something’s wrong And you don’t have to sing to use a song! This post is based on the following observations – ·         Songs are an excellent way to reinforce vocabulary and grammar. ·         Songs are more interesting and easier to remember than text. ·         Not all English teachers sing – […]

Why bother?

Last week I attended the ETAI (English Teachers’ Association of Israel) National Conference. In addition to the wide variety of lectures and workshops, we were given a chance to ask a panel, student-style, questions beginning with “Why bother”. Most of us added “when…” such as “Why bother coming to a conference when we can meet […]

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