6 things I’m doing differently in school this year

Teaching is a profession that has had to deal with a multitude of changes over the years and it can sometimes feel like playing catch-up. Something that was once accepted practice becomes a joke, while new government policies and research constantly provide new ideas and methods. I enjoy learning more about cognitive psychology, neurology and…

Getting to know a new class

Just a few days to go until the new term begins and I am thinking of all the fun activities we can do in the first few days back (and throughout the year) to get to know our pupils as well as building a sense of community and developing teamwork skills in the class. This…

Multilingual flashcard: Banana

Day 50 of multilingual flashcards and was honestly worried that I wouldn’t make it this far – here’s to another 50! Thursday is always a low-energy day for me; I seem to get a second burst of energy for Friday but on Thursday I am exhausted…so thought of doing banana in 9 languages to help…

Multilingual flashcard: Blueberry

Day 49 of multilingual flashcards and continuing with the berry theme – blueberry in 9 languages! Also, I never knew that eating lots of berries could be so good for you – lots of potential health benefits to eating blueberries such as the minerals which contribute to strong bones, vitamins which support a healthy heart…

Songs for classroom management

I love using music in the classroom, as a way to set a mood, to reinforce behaviour expectations or as a way to use transition time so it isn’t wasted (e.g. times tables song, etc). Music can be useful for introducing new material, reinforcing through repetition and rhythm or for revision of something we used…