The Ginger Teacher

Are you using Boom Cards yet?

Are you using Boom Cards yet?

Are you using Boom Cards?  If the answer is no then you really need to jump on board!  I am Boom Card's latest fan and I cannot say enough, as a teacher-seller you need to be on this platform. I am not affiliated with Boom Learning in anyway and not paid to promote them at all, I am genuinely excited by this opportunity to our businesses. I admit I was very reluctant at first, I didn't think they would be worth my time. I was not looking for another platform to sell on (and compete with myself!) and didn't understand...

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Teaching Children to be Independent

Teaching Children to be Independent

Teaching Children to be Independent We have all been there, the students that need to be babysat the whole lesson, they just seem to be incapable of handling the simplest of tasks without you watching and directing. This is nothing to do with ability or complexity of the task. This is learned behaviour and is something that can be taught out of your students. So the question is how? Well there are lots of tips and tricks: Be unavailable! The less available you are in your class the more students will have to work things out for themselves. This, of...

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Do You Want Better Professional Development?

Do You Want Better Professional Development?

 Do You Want Better Professional Development? Getting enough time for your professional development can be difficult. We know there are parts of our teaching practice we would like to improve, yet we just don't have the time.  School organised CPD is often at an inconvenient time, doesn't cover the information you personally need or is hard to follow (or all three!)  This can be a big problem for teachers, which is why I started the website Teacher Clicks. This is a website based on the idea that teachers need to make the most of their time. If you can catch...

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Using Effective Questioning

Using Effective Questioning

How to engage your class with questioning The types of questioning we use in our classroom depends a lot on our class, their ability and of course the type of lesson we are teaching. However, in all lessons and classes there are some things we can do as teachers to make sure our questions support the learning and help the children grow. Here are some tips to help you improve your questioning skills in lessons.   Use a mixture of open and closed questions Of course open questions will illicit more in depth  answers, but closed questions have their place as...

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Advice on Classroom Design

Advice on Classroom Design

Advice on designing and setting up your classroom A look at the different aspects of setting up a classroom and the important things to consider. There are many things to consider when deciding on your classroom design; you need to think about your furniture layout, your role play areas, your bulletin boards and your classroom decoration.  1- Furniture layout Probably one of the most important thing to work out in the design of your classroom is they layout of your furniture. Starting with the tables and chairs, you will need to have decided on your work groups and made sure...

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