The Ginger Teacher — Classroom ideas

Why it is so important to do an 'all about me' activity

Why it is so important to do an 'all about me' activity

The start of a new school year has a lot of traditions, the 'all about me' activity has become a standard part of back to school and I think it is incredibly important!    There are so many things our students wish we knew about them, some may seem pretty superficial, such as their favourite food or the TV shows they like to watch, but some are very important such as home life and worries they have. Everything your students share with you allows you to build a stronger relationship with them and helps to create a feeling of community...

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14 Ways to Use Cloze Sheets in Your Classroom

14 Ways to Use Cloze Sheets in Your Classroom

Do you use cloze sheet type printables (gap filling, find the word, whatever you like to call them) in your lesson? I really like them because they make sure the children are actually reading the text, they have to think about what the missing words could be and then they needs to choose the correct words for the sentence. Done well these types of exercises can be great learning tools. Sometimes just filling in the missing words on a worksheet can become a bit repetitive. So here are some ways to spice up a cloze sheet activity. Silly words Give...

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Start a Topic Using a Knowledge Harvest

Start a Topic Using a Knowledge Harvest

  A great way to start any topic is with a knowledge harvest. A knowledge harvest is a lesson which gathers together prior knowledge the class has along with the things they want to learn from the topic. It allows the students to share things they know with each other and also steer the topic in the direction they are interested in.    My favourite way to do this is with large sheets of paper laid out on tables and allow the children to walk between the tables adding their knowledge and questions to individual sheets.  Not only is this...

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Adventuring Into Escape Rooms

Adventuring Into Escape Rooms

I've always wanted to try escape rooms in the classroom. They seem like such fun, I think learning while having fun is the best way!  The reason I have been reluctant to try escape rooms is, they seem so complicated. The set up, the execution and the marking all seemed like crazy amounts of work and energy.  The thought of locks and keys and boxes all seemed a little overwhelming, this was really putting me off. Then I realised I didn't really need all that. I could start small just use puzzles to solve and codes to crack. If I...

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Five ways to bring video into your classroom

Five ways to bring video into your classroom

Video is such an underrated classroom tool. Sure we put on the odd science video and the end of term class treat DVD, but video in the classroom is very under used!  There are so many ways to use video in class, here are my five favourites: Record the learning Kids love seeing themselves on video, recording then watching back their learning is not only fun but also reinforces the concepts learnt. Record parts of the lesson as news report, a documentary or have the children show off finished projects Send messages home A fun twist on notes home to parents,...

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