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Monday, 16 October 2017

10 Ways to Use Technology to Build Vocabulary

Source: Bridget Dalton, Dana L. Grisham, www.readingrockets.org

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Drawing on research-based principles of vocabulary instruction and multimedia learning, this article presents 10 strategies that use free digital tools and Internet resources to engage students in vocabulary learning. The strategies are designed to support the teaching of words and word learning strategies, promote students' strategic use of on-demand web-based vocabulary tools, and increase students' volume of reading and incidental word learning.

Monday, 4 September 2017

How to Find Quality Apps for Children

Source : Lisa Guernsey, Michael Levine , www.readingrockets.org

Choose wisely! This list is not exhaustive, but gives parents and educators a good idea of what to look for when considering an app and evaluating its educational value. Use app review sites and advice from literacy experts — including your local media mentor or librarian — to find materials that match children's needs.

Monday, 19 June 2017

It’s time for laundry! - An alphabet class game

Take 26 clothespins and write on each one of them the upper case letters of the alphabet. Cut out from colorful carton paper 26 T-shirts and write on each one of them the lower case letters. Use 2 cups and lace in between them a rope to create a hills hoist. Ask the pupils to do laundry by matching the upper case with the lower case letters and hang the T-shirts on the rope.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Gamified Activities for Young Learners

Source : Ioanna Ntaidou , www.eltnews.gr

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Educators are aware that one of the main aims of teaching should be to involve all students in a classroom all the time and make them active learners who follow the lesson and the teacher, build on what they learn and feel that they are achieving something! The key lies in teaching through fun activities and as Albert Einstein said: “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge”. This article is a resource kit for teachers with hands-on, fun ideas and activities for young learners.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Autism and Classroom Strategies

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Autism and Classroom Strategies 

Many children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have difficulties at school and in the classroom. They may require the curriculum to be adapted in some way so that they can understand and achieve. For many, it is important to have a trained teacher aid to guide them, as well as specialist input such as speech and language therapy, and occupational therapy. The other students also need to have an understanding and awareness that the student with autism might behave differently and have different needs.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Save the polar animals! - A vocabulary class game

Watch the video “Go Diego Go Game – Diegos Arctic Rescue” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8VJSjAgSJE). Place on the floor light blue pieces of paper to demonstrate the ice. Underneath each paper place 1 flashcard of a polar animal. Students need to rescue the animals like Diego on the video. Pupils run around the ice while the song “Five little penguins” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etAzWdYufkE) is playing. When you stop the music, pupils have to step on the ice, lift up the paper and say which animal they rescued.

Saturday, 24 December 2016

Maintaining concentration with young learners

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Following on from discussions on the forum, this primary tip is designed to help you with keeping children interested in your class. There are so many reasons why their minds could wander and you find that you are talking to yourself! There is already a very useful teaching tip for secondary students on how to keep their attention. Here are some extra ideas for younger learners.