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...

Using ActivInspire or a Promethean Whiteboard

In one of the language schools I worked for, the classrooms had Promethean whiteboards installed, running the ActivInspire software. Despite the software being discontinued, its actually still quite popular, having been used in many traditional classrooms around the...

Using Google Chromecast in the Classroom

Today, I want to share some of my experience in using Google Chromecast in the EFL very young learner classroom. For a long period of time, in my private classes, I was mirroring the screen on my Mac to a television monitor via an HDMI cable in order to play YouTube...

The secret to expanding your phonics games bank

When I first started teaching phonics, the teachers were given a small games bank of ideas for using in our phonics lessons. Later, I realised that, whilst some games (like duck duck goose) are really good for teaching phonics, the secret to expanding your phonics...

Teaching Super Simple Songs

Music from Super Simple Songs is a staple for many (if not most) very young learner classrooms. But, did you know, the Super Simple Songs crew have lots of resources on their website for teaching many of their most popular songs? These include suggestions for how to...