Merry Christmas – Enjoy The Moments

3 sleeps until Santa comes! Can you believe another Christmas is just around the corner? Every year with my students I have an advent calendar that we use to count down the number of days until Christmas (but for the teacher it is the number of days until the holidays of course!) I always enjoy … [Read More]

Doing The 27-Fling-Boogie

Being an organised person, one of my favourite websites that I love is called “Flylady”. The lady behind the website, Flylady, talks about a brilliant clean up strategy called the 27-Fling-Boogie. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?! Basically you pick up the bin and walk around your classroom (or your house!) and you find 27 things … [Read More]

Look Forward To 2010

I came across a brilliant quote this week: “My interests are on the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.” One thing I love to do with my students at the end of a year is to take some time to think and ‘vision’ for the next year. I … [Read More]

End-Of-Year Reflections With Your Students

“Follow effective action with reflection. From the reflection will come even more effective action.” “Peter Drucker” Wow! Another school is coming to a close! This is an excellent time to get your students to reflect on their year and the many and varied experiences they’ve had. Reflection allows students to think over the year and … [Read More]

Helping Parents “Unworry” About 2010

As the year draws to a close, you may already be familiar with these questions from parents: “Who’s class will my child be in next year?”, “Will he/she be ok with the increased homework?”, “Will they be able to settle into a new routine?”, “Will they cope with another teacher?” Some parents ask these questions … [Read More]

Teachers Are Valuable

Recently, I spoke at a teacher’s conference in Cambodia, in the bustling city of Phnom Penh. The theme of the conference was fabulous: “Teachers: More Valuable Than Gold”. What a powerful statement and one that I wholeheartedly agree with. Many Cambodian school teachers attended the conference, and most of them have less that 12 months … [Read More]