What kids like: the secret to a good class

Having an understanding of what children like, and integrating that into your lesson design, I think, is one of the secrets to having great lessons. I remember when I first started teaching that I was scared stiff that the children wouldn’t like me, or that I...

Supporting VYLs in the classroom

I’m currently in the process of conducting some research on YouTube, and stumbled upon this video that includes lots of useful tips about supporting VYLs in the classroom. In particular, I like the discussion around the kinds of language used to communicate with...

Creating a phonics curriculum

I’m very excited about my latest project of creating a phonics curriculum specifically for EFL very young learners. One of the reasons I want to take on this project is that most commercial phonics programs (like Jolly Phonics) are designed for native speakers...