What are the must have teaching tools for an English kids teacher?
Teaching kids necessitates having loads of supplies at hand – some will be lesson specific and are only used for certain lesson themes, however, some classroom tools can be used over and over for many different activities.
I have a big sports bag that I take to all my kid’s classes, and along with the essentials (pens, pencils, crayons, marker pens, scissors, etc.) the following items are always given a space.
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Ideas for teaching 2 and 3-year-olds in your ESL classroom
Teaching 2 and 3-year-olds can be a lot of fun and extremely rewarding. However, many teachers worry about teaching this age group as it requires teachers to rethink their teaching strategies and classroom management. It is actually much easier than you may think to teach little ones, and once you “crack the code”, you’ll probably enjoy teaching these classes more than any others.
Here are some great tips to get you started.
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Kids love stories. Pulling out a classroom reader in the middle of your lesson is a sure fire way of instantly catching all of your students’ attention – in my class it usually starts off a mad scramble as kids rush to the front of the class to get a position as close to me as possible. What better motivation for learning and reinforcing new language?
This article will give some background into the positive effects of using classroom readers in your ESL classroom, and then provide a few tips on how to use classroom readers as part of your lesson routine.
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Android Apps for ESL learners and teachers
Learning a secondary language from any culture can be problematic for many. English can be very different to learn as it has far more words and more meanings behind variations. As technology is a contributing factor of today’s society, you are able to install apps for your Android devices that can help children work on the English language while in a class or on his or her own at home.
- ESL KidStuff App – Our popular app! With over 1,500 flashcards, lesson plans, songs, stories and videos. Continue reading 10 Language Android Apps to Promote ESL →
Adapt your lessons to cater for the different learning styles of your students
When we are teaching English to kids, as teachers we need to be aware of the differences in learning styles of our students so that we can incorporate all of these learning styles into our lessons. Being able to identify which types of learners our students are will help us to make sure they don’t get left out of learning effectively.
Below are the 6 different learner types and details on different activities to suit their learning styles.
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We’ve all been there. We’ve planned a great lesson with lots of fun and stimulating activities, the kids in the class are great, you’ve got wonderful materials … but it is all spoilt by one or two kids who seemingly have no interest in your lesson or learning English.
Or it could be small things where you just can’t seem to get control of the class in the way you would like to: constantly having to repeat instructions, always asking certain students to be quite or stop poking their friend with their pencil or just trying to motivate slow, unresponsive kids. Continue reading Dealing with Bad Behavior in an ESL Kids classroom →