Archive | September, 2011

People Bingo

29 Sep

Bingo is a powerful teaching tool and one of the most popular ice breakers because it’s so easy to customize for your particular students ,group and situation. Also it is easy to teach how to play it. I make my own cards. You can play Bingo with virtually any subject. I use  it for grammar practice ( specially present & past tenses ) and Vocabulary .

Vocabulary: In the Bingo chart boxes, put the vocabulary words your class is currently studying. You will read out the definitions and the students have to match them up. Example: Teacher say  “launch” and the students cover up or put an X on  “sent into space.”

Grammar : Teacher can ask  “Students, do you have…..
1.A noun
2.A passive sentence
3.A preposition
4. Yes, No Question
5. A present continuous sentence
6.An article

or read a sentence and the students put an X on the correct for of verb

There are hundreds of BINGO Card free generator online. I didn’t put a link to any because you need to see which one will work best  for YOU. A very easy and simple way to make your Bingo cards is by using your MS word processor . Inset a table and add your desired text then hit print .

This is one of the Bingo cards I use



Quote of the week

29 Sep

“A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those young minds a compass so that the knowledge doesn’t go to waste.” Principal Jacobs in Mr. Holland’s Opus.

Three weeks into the School Year

29 Sep

I was recently talking to a friend in NY about teaching the same grade with a very similar scope & sequences of units in the subject area. She told  me about the positive effect it had on her and her students. She suggested that teachers should be allowed to stay in the same grade for a couple of years. I think I agree with her. I spent the last 5  years juggling  new syllabuses and the an unwanted move to another grade every semester . It caused me to spend hours and hours and hours trying to figure everything out again. And in all the time I’d spend starting over,I feared that my students might have felt it. I’m a bit of a perfectionist . I hate to admit it but for a while it felt like a burden …something I’m not enjoying at all.

I like a change and trying on new techniques and activities but sometimes you just need a break to step a side and have a good hard look at your work to make even better. I know that teaching is a constant collaboration with others and more than often trial and error to find out what actually works for you as a teacher. Let’s hope for the best this term.


28 Sep

Pay Attention to Digital learners

28 Sep

I have a dream……..I have a dream that one day I would be able to create the kind of digital classroom environment I see and hear about every other day from other teachers who are doing it right NOW. I’m trying to overcome some of the obstacles but the administrative traditional paper oriented mentality keeps fighting me every step of the way.

I have a dream and I’m holding on to it till it becomes a reality one day.

Teacher motivation

28 Sep

This is a gift to myself. I watch it whenever I feel frustrated and overwhelmed …..

a simple reminder why we teach

Five Great Teaching Tips

28 Sep

Just a friendly reminder 🙂