Importance and benefits of knowing about the learning styles

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Teachers often forget about that different children require different teaching styles as they can learn easier visually, verbally, with some musical/auditory help, on physical/kinaesthetic way, logical/mathematical help, some could only digest it individually, others with social games and activities.

Of course these learning styles overlap each other. One way or another they are connected. It is still important to know what every child primary learning style is by learning about the dominant traits that characterize it.

Teaching styles could and possibly does effect the result of the understanding the academical content. That’s why it is important to vary amongst the activities and give a chance to every child to improve.

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8 fabulous Dr. Seuss books you can read and learn from

Dr-Seuss-Miss-T-ESL.jpgIt is Dr Seuss’ birthday this month. As it is a special month we have a great opportunity to work on some literacy related fun activities in the classroom and celebrate his birthday by learning and enjoying reading at the same time.

He gave us so many excellent books to read, learn from, enjoy, entertain and have fun with. Have you prepared something, yet? If you haven’t, there are some ideas help you to make it unforgetable. Using literacy, rhymes, alliterations, hands-on and moving activities or some art.
Whatever you choose probably the first thing you do is to find a book that is suitable the age group and the level of English that your children in the class understand and capable to work with.
So here is a round-up of some Dr .Seuss stories you could read to your kids:

Green eggs and ham: This is one of the most popular book by Dr. Seuss. It is written with very simple words for children who’s just begun reading. Great practice as he keeps repeating the basic words (here, there, like, do not, etc…) So you can use them with young learners to teach and reinforce reading whilst your kids enjoy the storyand laugh along.

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8 awesome tips to teach high-frequency words

8-awesome-tips-to-teach-high-frequency-words-Miss-T-ESL.jpgTeach and have fun with your students whilst they are learning to read high-frequency words

When it comes to reading everybody awares of the fact how important is to teach children the high-frequency words. Although there are thousands of words in the English language, it is only a couple of hundreds that we use frequently.

There are so many reasons why to teach children to read these high-frequency words but one of the most important one is that these words don’t fit in the commonly taught phonics and children are only able to recognise them by sight. Also if they can recognise them by sight it makes them read faster and easier in long term. Another reason to teach these words is although they don’t usually have meanings on their own but they make the other words understandable or they alternate their meanings.

Learn how to help students to learn high-frequency words without being boring or uninteresting for them on:

 The 8 awesome tips to teach high-frequency words by Lili Thomson published on Miss T. ESL

10+1 Fun-tastic Chinese New Year Activities

Chinese-new-year-Miss-T-ESL(4)Celebrate Chinese New Year or ‘Spring Festival’ with some meaningful, engaging activities.

Explore some Chinese customs, teach them about the animals of the Chinese zodiac using the famous story of the race amongst the animals. Motivate and keep them busy by decorating the classroom with some fun arts and crafts activities. Choose out of the resources listed below:

1. Firework picture to decorate the walls, door or windows. Teach your students about the midnight firework and the meaning of it.

2. Make Chinese lantern using red and gold the main colours of Chinese New Year.

Chinese-new-year-Miss-T-ESL(6)3. Create the Great Wall of China out of construction paper and set up a writing activity for the children called The Great wall of wishes.

4. Do wordsearch with the children about the Chinese zodiac.

5. Make a postcard.

6. Plan a story-time lesson. Get children to know more about the Chinese customs by reading them picture books. Talk about the story, draw the characters and act out the story after.
Watch or read children the story about the animals of the zodiac. Depending on your class interest choose a story out of the Chinese Tales series which contains tradicional Chinese legends with beautiful illustrations:

Aren’t they all sound fascinating? I could only think of which one I’d like to start with.

7. Watch Mulan or Kung Fu Panda with your students. Stop the video often to discuss the story, check comprehension. Ask questions, make predictions.

8. Make a dragon out of TP rolls.

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9. Give out tangerines that symbolise good fortunes and prosperity.

10. Make a costume and a Chinese hat or headband with different Chinese letters for the children to have a dressing up ‘party’.

Chinese-new-year-Miss-T-ESL-711. If you have a chance invite a Chinese person who can talk about these traditions.

Do you celebrate Chinese New Year with your kids? Have you got some more ideas to add?

 

 

The 10+1 Fun-tastic Chinese New Year Activities by Lili Thomson published on Miss T. ESL

The Ultimate List of Valentine’s Week Activities

Valantine's-day-activity-Miss-T-ESLPlan your week around Valentine’s day with different, entertaining, fun but educative activities and enjoy this festive with your class.

It is a magical time of the year. All kids and most grown-ups like expressing their love and everybody likes receiving it too. To spread the love in the world here is a collection of the best activities for the week:

1. Teaching Valentine’s vocabulary could be the first, obvious step.

 Children learn or revise words such as love, kindness, be my Valentine, February, sweet, hug, kiss, heart, cupcake, postcard, smile, give, roses, get, flowers, balloons, happy, Teddy bear, hands, etc…

2. When they know these basics you can play different games with them to practice.

Kids love playing bingo but any other word games, spelling games, word search would be beneficial too.

3. If you have older students you can tell them about this English custom and the origin of it.

4. Get them make an Acts of Kindness List.

 See what sort of things they come up with. This exercise is a great opportunity to teach or reinforce some verbs like smile, hold hands, show love, help, play, give, get. If they need, put some helping words on the board for them to construct their sentences with.

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Your students can possibly say ideas like these:

  • Smile at random people who you don’t usually talk with
  • Make a Valentine’s Card
  • Give a hug
  • Cheer up a friend
  • Be kind with your family and friends
  • Help someone who needs it
  • Listen to the others without interruption
  • Give compliments
  • Open a door to someone
  • Play with some other children who you usually don’t play with
  • Share a snack
  • Give a flower
  • Eat lunch with somebody you don’t usually eat with
  • Help your mum tidying up
  • Bake cookies to share
  • Give an unexpected gift
  • Say Hello!
  • Say Thank you!
  • Tell your mum, dad, brother, sister how much you love them

5. Valentine’s stories to read and discuss about. These books are perfect for Valentine’s day reading:

6. Teach them a Valentine’s song.

It works really well with the little ones. As they love singing and through songs it is easier for them to remember words, sentences or even paragraphs.
With older students you can listen to songs, teach them the song or do a gap filling activity whilst listening to the song.

One of the greatest choice for young learners would be the Skidamarink song Make up some movements with the song to get them move around and have fun.

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 Valntine’s Card Arts and crafts activity

8. If you are prepared for the fun and also the mess make any other Valentine’s craft activity with them.

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9. Get students say one nice thing about each other.

Put everybody’s name in the middle of a heart and make the others write their sentence around. Easy to make, little gift to take home and a nice memory for later.

Can you add anything else that you do with your children? Let us know in the comments below!

The Ultimate List of Valentine’s Week Activities by Lili Thomson Published on Miss T. ESL Activities

3D Printing revolution is here

 3D-house-printing-Miss-T-ESL-ActvititiesFor those who were born after 1990 a little story about how kids used to send messages to each other,

Jotted on a piece of paper might seem something so old school, it could only exist on black-and-white films. Yeah, sure it’s hard to imagine that not everybody had an own mobile-phone, let alone a network with the whole knowledge of the humanity at their fingertips. However, some people were quite creative with cheat-sheets.

Technology has advanced so fast so far that pupils nowadays don’t actually need physical books or notebooks. Everything exists and more importantly easily accessible for everyone on a device weighs less than a history book. Beautiful new world, that is.

We haven’t had to wait too long to see another bastion of humanity surrendering to the digital revolution. What started in Britain in 1760 with the industrial revolution is going to change soon. 3D printing is aiming to change the world manufacturing process as we know it. More precisely, eliminating it as a whole. 3 dimensional printers are able to create any shape of objects by gluing together the row material and build it up layer by layer. It’s possibilities are truly endless. Ranging from modelling in the classroom to print houses.

The 3D Printing Revolution is here by Thomas Swan Published on Miss T. ESL Activities

How to be smarter with no real effort


 I’m sure a plenty of people heard about those techniques which makes us smarter without putting any effort into it.

Most of us even tried one or two of them. Like sleep learning, photo reading or uploading data directly into the brain. I wonder if it was only me trying to cut the learning process short by stuffing various books into my bed in Year One. The only thing I learned that sleeping on top of books isn’t comfy at all and it is more effective if the book is on my head. After ditching most of the techniques I went along with the more conventional ways like chocolate, note taking and sometimes sleep. If I had known, I was doing the wrong technique it could have changed everything. Recent research found that wearing a superman T-shirt boosts exam performance by almost 10%. The whole comes down to psychology.

Prof Pine said the results showed that people’s mental processes and perceptions can be primed by clothing, as they unconsciously embody the symbolic meaning of their outer layers.

Sarah Knapton – Telegraph

This explains why the participants were overestimating their physical strength as well. Unfortunately, it doesn’t mean that no-one needs to learn any more. To achieve a good mark requires at least 50% of the exam points most of the time. But above that the possibilities are endless.

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