There are so, so many options for activities and strategies to use when it comes to teaching and practising spelling. Yet, I know that sometimes as teachers we can still find ourselves searching for new ways to try to keep our students interested in their spelling work. That’s why I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourite tips for teaching spelling and vocabulary to students that will not only keep them engaged, but will also be effective for helping them practise that tricky English language.
As difficult as it is, I’m beginning to accept the fact that sometimes things are out of our control. However, I’m also beginning to realise that one of the most beautiful things about life is its unpredictability. And perhaps by holding more loosely to our expectations as we learn to embrace what comes our way, we’ll be pleasantly surprised at what that vast unknown holds for us.
If you want to take a peek into the mind of a child, look at their drawings. Anyone who works with kids, or who has young children of their own, likely has a large stash of artwork that has been carefully (or sometimes not so carefully) crafted on a daily basis by the little ones in their life. So many children love painting and drawing and making, and I think it’s a beautiful thing to encourage.
Teaching those terrible times tables. It’s something that all educators and parents who work with kids above the age of about 6 have to deal with at some point. Knowing your times tables is a helpful skill to have, but there is just no real way to learn them other than through mundane repetition and memorisation – or is there?
Encouraging students to think deeply and creatively about the content we teach is beneficial in so many ways. It causes them to stop and reflect on the information, and it encourages them to be more thoughtful and independent in their learning. One useful way to start is by being intentional with the questions we ask.
Student choice boards are a fun and engaging tool to use in the classroom, and they come with many benefits. They are versatile and can be used in many different subject areas for many different year levels. They are a simple tool to use to encourage student agency in learning, and they are great for differentiation.
Dear New Teaching Graduate,
Congratulations! You’ve made it this far. A world of possibility lies before you. . .
Caught off-guard on a Monday morning. It’s like children have a special sense for this sort of thing and know when they can test the boundaries. I’m here to help you get a consistent morning routine in place so that you can start your days off on the right foot.
Experiencing a miscarriage can be a traumatic and isolating experience. As a Christian, events like this can shake our faith. I found the following songs and readings to be a helpful reminder to turn to God through the heartache of my miscarriage, and I pray that you will find some comfort and support through these resources too.
There are moments in life where words cannot express the sorrow and heartbreak. This is one of those moments. Yet, I sit here attempting to do the impossible.
We live in a very individualistic culture, and children are constantly presented with opportunities to compete with others. Almost all reality TV shows involve people competing to be the best at something, extra-curricular activities such as sports and arts usually involve competing against others and even school environments are often saturated with ways of comparing children. So, how can we, as teachers, focus on promoting cooperation over competition?
I remember when I had the privilege of being called in for relief work on what happened to be a free choice dress-up day in a girls’ school. There is something fascinating about how merely wearing different clothes to school completely changes the atmosphere. I was in a reception class for the day and we consisted of about 90% princesses, 9% fairies, with a Wonder Woman and ‘My Little Pony’ thrown in there somewhere.