The Ginger Teacher — Classroom ideas

What to stock in your classroom shop

What to stock in your classroom shop

What to stock in your classroom shop I have previously discussed the value and the process of setting up a classroom economy, today I am going to look at the things to stock in your classroom shop! I am a big believer in spending little to no money on classroom rewards. There are already so many things we can provide our children with that, we don’t need to buy constant items to give as rewards. Motivation There is an interesting concept on motivation created by Gabe Zichermann called the SAPS triangle It explains the things that motivate people in order...

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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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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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Prepping For Your Classroom

Prepping For Your Classroom
It can be so difficult to know where to start when planning your new teaching year. There are so many things to consider and it can feel ridiculously overwhelming. Here are some tips and advice to help you plan out your first few weeks and the coming year. 
* Unit and Individual Lesson Planning
* Behaviour Management
* Classroom Design and Themes

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