Heads Down, thumbs up!

This game is also known as 7 up.

Select 4-5 students and give them a flashcard/picture.

All other students put their heads down and one thumb up. The other students go around the classroom and gently squeeze one student’s thumb. … Read More ....

Sky Writing / Body Writing

This is a fun way to teach English “physically”.

Students spell words on the back of their partner who must guess what they wrote! 

Also, do the same thing but this time, they write on the palm of their partner … Read More ....

Tux Paint a free computer art/drawing program

I teach computer skills classes to adults who have developmental disabilities. My favorite class to teach is computer art. Tux Paint is a free computer program that you can legally load onto as many computers as you wish. You will … Read More ....

Alphabet Chain

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If you are teaching children, you’ll need to put up an alphabet chain above the chalkboard (that’s the perfect place and allows you to use for all kinds of games etc…). 

It is very easy and the BEST by far … Read More ....

It’s sweet! It sucks!

This is a great way to get students expressing how they feel.

Brainstorm together on the board, ways to express how you like or don’t like something. Put in some idioms (It sucks! / Sweet! ).  Or the teacher can … Read More ....

Classroom Rewards Lottery

Here’s something one of my mentor teachers did back when I was a student teacher. I don’t have any experience using it in my own classroom, but it seemed like a good idea…

Many classrooms are grouped into desks, with … Read More ....

Marbles in a Jar

This is an idea for improving the co-operative spirit in the classroom (or as some may refer to it, “classroom management”). I learned it from a teacher trainer in Canada, as part of a seminar on “Assertive Discipline.”

Basically, you … Read More ....

Get a Laser Pointer!

If you want to be a really effective teacher, get a laser pointer! They cause only a dollar or two at most and really help a teacher effectively modify curriculum.

With a laser pointer, you can be helping a student … Read More ....

Describe the Picture

Show a picture and have learners take turns saying one descriptive thing about it. Beginners can make simple observations like “three cats” while advanced students can make up a story to go with the picture. They aren’t allowed to repeat Read More ....

Student Names

It isn’t easy to learn so many names so fast! Here are some tips for remembering student names ( a must because when you use a student’s name, studies show they learn better/quicker! just by hearing their name!)

1.  For … Read More ....