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PLAY AND GAMES IN THE PRIMARY CLASSROOM

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Tips · 28/8/2017 15:37:00
Tags: teaching_tipsmethodology
"Play is the work of childchood."
                      [Jean Piaget]

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Children learn a foreign language through play and games. Active learning presuposses a lot of advantages, however teachers can meet some problems. What take into consideration to make sure your students get all the profits?

Advantages of play and games
Lessons including games are fun and provide meaningful situations to practise and improve a foreign language. Games help to form a positive attitude to learning and develope teamwork skills. Children foster co-operation and participation as well. 
Play and games add variety to lessons and valuable way to reenergise young learners. They provide not only secure learning environment but also they are highly motivated. Children play and they do not even know that they practise hidden language items and fluency of speech.

Disadvantages of play and games
Playing games can cause hustle and bustle in the classroom. In such a situation, it is easy to lose control of the class. Sometimes children are as involved in the game that they start to talk in their mother tongue. What is more, game can be too competitive and can cause arguments about scored points. Teachers can also face parents' opinion that games are waste time in the classroom.

Taking into consideration all the pros and cons of play and games in the classroom, plan the activities to avoid all the 'cons'. First of all activities should be well-matched to your students, neither too simple nor too complicated. What is more, they should be fitted to your classroom - make sure there is enough space to play safely. Brief thought-out instructions are crucial to avoid boredom befor the game begins. Moreover, teachers should plan carefuly lexical aspect and introduce language which will be used. As children playing monitor if all the students are involved and interested in the game. Remember to be vigiliant and defuse the problems at the start.

Initially playing games in the classroom can be hard, especially in big classes. However, if you scrape through the beginning, children learn co-operate in groups. Using the same activity with different language elements students will play the game without any introductions.

Have fun and play with your students!



AT THE END OF THE RAINBOW - ST. PATRICK'S DAY IDEAS

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Ideas · 7/3/2017 16:54:00
Tags: craft_activitySaint_Patrick's_Dayrainbowteaching_ideas
Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (17th March) with your students you can choose some of these activities.

LEPRECHAUN HAT FOR ST. PATRICK'S DAY

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Ideas · 26/2/2017 17:00:00
Tags: teaching_ideascraft_activitySaint_Patrick's_DayLeprechaun_hat
St. Patrick’s Day is coming – Irish festival celebrated on 17th March. It is high time to make a Leprechaun hat. This one is not for putting on a head, but it can be used as a container to collect student’s works or a decoration of the classroom.

UP SIDE DOWN QUIZ

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Ideas · 8/2/2017 14:06:00
Tags: questionsteaching_ideasspeaking_activity
To practise question words and structures you should try 'Up Side Down Quiz' with your students.Working in groups children will feel comfortable to speak and have fun. All you need to do this activity is a sheet of paper for each group and pencils.

MY FIVE SENSES MINIBOOK

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Ideas · 29/1/2017 17:24:00
Tags: body_partsfive_sensesminibook
Making a minibook is an interesting way to teach five human senses and revise names of the body parts. This craft activity encourage young students to read and give an oportunity to use their creativity.

COGNITIVE SKILLS IN PRESCHOOLERS

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Tips · 20/11/2016 16:08:00
Tags: cognitive_developmentpreschoolesmethodologyteaching_tips
According to Piaget’s theory of cognitive development children aged 3-6 years old are in preoperational stage of their lifespan. During this period logical thinking and solving problem skills begin to form. Preschoolers are egocentric – their abilities to see someone else’s point of view are limited. However, they start to engage in games in which they pretended to be people they are not (for example: cartoons’ characters or different members of the family).

POSTERS FOR NUMBERS 1-100

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Resources · 4/9/2016 16:51:00
Tags: postersnumbers
A new set of five posters for numbers to print or display. Great material to revise or introduce numbers with your students.

CATEGORIES - back to school activity

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Ideas · 31/8/2016 13:16:00
Tags: gameactivityvocabulary
This is a fun first day of school activity. It lets your students to revise vocabulary and warm up before the school year.

TIPS FOR TECHING CHILDREN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Teaching Tips · 28/8/2016 17:17:00
Tags: teaching_tipsyoung_learners
To teach young learners a second language in an effective way you should take into consideration their developmental characteristics and how children assimilate a foreign language.

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO EAT? - LESSON PLAN

Published by john@teachers-zone.com in Lesson plans · 29/5/2016 13:22:00
Tags: foodlesson_planteaching_ideas
Teach your students new vocabulary for food and encourage them to talk what they want to eat.
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