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by Mister Dean
Mon Nov 27, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Riding on the crest of a wave
Replies: 1
Views: 1260

Riding on the crest of a wave

Hello, I would be interested to hear from you, to find out what was one of your best memories in teaching and what were you doing- when things clicked and suddenly the kids were "learning" and the magic had just happened and you know that you were the one that caused it to happen. I had one such mom...
by Mister Dean
Fri Nov 24, 2006 8:44 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: mother tongue use
Replies: 3
Views: 1903

Hello, I raised the question before and Señorita Daniels was kind enough to answer my question too. As she says, I am sure that it is OK to use ther mother tongue initially. I personally am against using mother tongue- you learned your mother tongue effortlessly because you were constantly hearing i...
by Mister Dean
Fri Nov 10, 2006 9:47 pm
Forum: English for Specific Purposes
Topic: I need all the help I can get
Replies: 2
Views: 2532

Hello, Let's see. It depends on a lot of factors. I guess that you could get them to write a "guide book- for tourists in New York" and get them to write different sections - about cuisine, places to see etc etc. They could include photos etc etc. Depending on their ages, you could get them to do po...
by Mister Dean
Fri Nov 10, 2006 7:57 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: class management
Replies: 23
Views: 23626

Hello, I use a series of fallible strategies. The main one is writing the name of the boy or girl who is playing about down on the blackboard or on a piece of paper(which is then discreetly thrown away at the first opportunity). It is like the speed cameras you go slower simply because you think the...
by Mister Dean
Sun Nov 05, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Ideas for activities in elementary school
Replies: 4
Views: 2421

Hi Shlomi, I was just looking at the site you recommended and it looks interesting. I am teaching 6 to 8 yrs and it is proving to be interesting. I am happy with the results. I find that I like to start my classes getting the kids to come to the front and placing a paper frog over the day today and ...
by Mister Dean
Sat Nov 04, 2006 5:58 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Tricks for sticking to speaking English
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Hello, I do want my classes to be fun and motivating. I am based in Spain and there is this kind of idea that the way to do it is by speaking English and the management of my school think that using the maternal tongue is not the way you do it. I have to admit that I am speaking tons of English in m...
by Mister Dean
Thu Nov 02, 2006 7:45 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: New teacher
Replies: 3
Views: 1961

Hello, What would I have liked to know the first year? Base what you are going to teach on the interests of your students- with my kids in primary on many occasions I can be seen skipping with a skipping rope while the kids count in English to twenty or whatever but they are doing something that the...
by Mister Dean
Thu Nov 02, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Tricks for sticking to speaking English
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Hello, thanks for the speedy reply. I try to put up stars for kids motivation and that does seem to help a lot and your idea of giving an extra credit for kids speaking last in Spanish is also brilliant. I guess I must just take it easy and have patience- I find that speaking all the time English wi...
by Mister Dean
Wed Nov 01, 2006 7:17 pm
Forum: Elementary Education
Topic: Tricks for sticking to speaking English
Replies: 4
Views: 1474

Tricks for sticking to speaking English

Hello to all, First of all, just like to say that I have spent 6 or 7 minutes looking at the forum and have already picked up half a dozen useful ideas I can use immediately so I just had to sign up. :) Thankyou!!! Second, my little question I wanted to discuss was, at the moment I have half a dozen...