How to save time lesson planning

Recently, I was reviewing some old training course notes and came across this gem of a lesson planning tip from a friend: If you look closely, the course books repeat on a unit by unit basis. What this means is that you can usually use the same lesson structure for...

A phonics power hack

Here’s a quick tip a colleague showed me when I first started teaching. Sometimes you want to use words in your phonics classes that are CVCs, CCVCs, or that use a particular digraph or trigraph. Rather than trying to think of words that contain the particular...

What font is that…?

  Here’s a quick way to spruce up your worksheets: use custom fonts. Its easy to find fonts online to enhance the look of your worksheets. One strategy I use, is to look at worksheets I like, and then find out which font they used. (Consider looking at...

Upgrading your IWB Presentations

  One of the many projects I’m working on at the moment, is upgrading my PowerPoint and Interactive White Board (IWB) presentation and design skills. In terms of IWB presentations, you can find many teacher-created presentations online that may have...

Word Search: It’s not a dirty word

  There seems to me to be some stigma around the humble word search. I think it comes from the challenges and stresses facing the beginning teacher. In the quest to cut down lesson planning and preparation time and reduce their stress levels, they grab for a tool...