End of the year activities

The end of the school year is fast approaching. Here are some ideas for the last week; 1. Letter writingGet the children to write letters about you as a teacher to your future students. They can write tips for surviving a year with Ms. X. (Things you like/dislike, what they can look forward to etc.) […]

Being sick- the show must go on!

So I’m writing this post from my sick bed and of course worrying about going back to school. Teachers often feel they have to go to school even when very sick because the children in our care depend on us and will find the day difficult without us. For me, this usually means that I […]

Promoting Listening Skills

Children need to have good listening skills to do well in primary school. However, some children find it very difficult to sit still and listen for any length of time. Here are some strategies to promote listening skills and help children focus when you or someone else is speaking. Be a good listener yourself – […]

Wonder Wall

(Ideas School Network) Children are full of questions unfortunately there’s not enough hours in the day to get through them all. Therefore I create a wonder wall. If a child has a question he/she gets a piece of paper (already cut out- coloured- makes for a better display). They write their question on a piece […]

Restorative justice

Restorative justice is a fantastic way to resolve conflicts with respect, responsibility and discussion. How often do you spend ‘fixing’ problems between children during the day/ after lunch?Restorative justice is a practice that enhances relationships between children and staff. When children are upset/angry about something that has happened either in class or on yard, the […]

School Tour

School tours are great fun but can be very daunting for new and even more experienced teachers. These tips will help make the trip less stressful. Find a place- usually tours are linked to the curriculum. There’s lots of options throughout the country from farms to galleries and museums to adventure parks. (Check price and […]

Ways to Get a Quiet (er) Classroom

Children are noisy creatures, sometimes they don’t know the difference between an indoor and an outdoor voice. This blog post is to help to get and maintain a quiet (er) classroom. 1. In the morning, after break and after lunch line the kids up outside the classroom. Wait for quiet before walking calmly into the […]

I’m finished… what now?

So you set a piece of work and while moving around the room helping individual children you notice 3/4 who have finished their work and are beginning to get a little restless. You had planned that the work would take them the allocated time but unfortunately you were wrong and you have nothing else prepared […]

Brain breaks

Brain breaks are essential for children during the day. They give children a break from the ordinary and gets them moving or talking and focuses their minds once again. Brain breaks can be used at any stage during the day. I find them great to use first thing in the morning to set the children […]