10 Qualities of Great Teachers

What makes a great teacher could easily be a list of characteristics that look similar to what makes a good person - a sense of humour, the ability to feel like you're actually being listened to, flexibility, and consistency of personality and approach. With this in mind, this is a question that has driven educational researchers and the concepts lie at the core of ...

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How to use the ripple effect to enact positive change in the classroom

If you ask a student to mimic a teacher, chances are they will stand, point and yell at their hypothetical student, scary! It's not too late to help break the cycle by using this voice-saving, stress-preventing teaching strategy that people have been using for centuries ... use the 'Grandmother Method for learning'. This strategy uses encouragement & acknowledgement and just works because ...

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Gamify your lesson in 3 easy steps

Everyone loves to play games whether you're big, small, old or young. With that in mind, whatever you are teaching, it's worth asking yourself "can this be made into a game"? "Hell yes!" should be the resounding answer and there is a plethora of research out there to back this up! Here are just a few:

How to help active kids remain engaged and foster curiosity

Writing notes is BORING while sitting in one place. Test out this teaching strategy - Print out the notes, number the points & stick them around the room. Put them in interesting places to get them to find them all (like on the ceiling!) - make learning a treasure hunt! Who doesn't like treasure hunts?! This works a treat for students who find it hard to sit still, dance classes love this activity.

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How to positively deal with late students

Having trouble getting your students into the classroom on time? Here's a great teaching strategy - try starting your lesson with a quick funny YouTube clip. It's interesting and laughing relieves stress, boosts your immune system and helps everyone focus on a task! Why don't we do this all the time? My kids love starting our lessons like this and it can help shift a negative mindset.

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How to deal with a wild classroom

How to deal with a wild classroom - Peel the kids off the walls and start with a game! Try starting the lesson with a competition like Left Vs Right. Let them play for 'free time' (time to pack their books in their bag & leave exactly on the bell/play a game/listen to music). Boys in particular love competition! Here's how it works (and it really does!):