Good things must share – educational sites for teachers and kids!

I am constantly looking for new ideas to use in classroom: tools to implement the school material, introduce a new topic, work on a project, relax, or even fill in the last few minutes before recess.

I have come across the following sites, extremely fun and useful, and I’m sharing them with you, because good things must share 🙂

web teaching tools

create your own comic strips

British Council [for Teachers]

create concept maps

NASA [for kids]

schooltube [educational videos]

fun grammar

short stories for kids

history and art

National Geographic [Education]

National Geographic [kids]

the history of our planet

Don’t swim against the tide on your own!

Getting one’s pupils to answer questionnaires is an easy task as (almost) everyone likes to talk about themselves 🙂 Pupils feel important when the teacher asks about what THEY like about their learning process, about what THEY want to learn and about how THEY want to work.

It goes without saying that their opinion IS important! A teacher must know what the learners’ needs are, as they define them themselves, in order for his/her teaching methods to be relevant and appealing. The national curriculum sets the general aims but the way to achieve them and the routes followed need to be designed with our pupils.

If we, as teachers, give our pupils the chance to show that they do have – or should have – an opinion as regards their learning, we will be amazed by the ideas they have and, more importantly, by the increase in their interest and involvement and commitment to make the plan work! We won’t feel alone, swimming against the tide 🙂

Below I’m attaching an analysis of the answers by primary school pupils gave to my questionnaire. The questionnaire was written in Greek and so is the analysis. But if there is anyone interested in using an English version, I could help.

questionnaire answers’ analysis (in Greek)

You can find the questionnaire by clicking on the following link:

Questionnaire for Learners of English [in Greek]

Teaching Questions CAN be Fun

Forming questions can be a horrifying task for learners! Especially when they have to do it orally in front of class. Getting learners to speak in L2 can be tricky. They either find  addressing a classmate to whom they’re used to speaking in L1 weird. They feel embarrassed to make mistakes. Speaking however is the skill required the most in real life. Role play can make learners feel detached, creates a distance from mistakes made. The Spanish teachers of English who created the video I am suggesting you watch are presenting games you can play in class to teach forming questions and practise speaking at the same time. The “coffee pot” game in particular is very funny and works well with learners, as it is drilling in disguise.

Click to watch the video!