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Title: Are Your Kids Stress Free at School

Are Your Kids Stress Free at School
  • The greatest weapon against stress is our ability
    to choose one thought over another.
  • There are a myriad ways of making our classes
    efficient and motivational, yet fun. As teaching
    is such a complex skill, with so many factors to
    consider, its very difficult to narrow it down
    to just a few ideas.

1. Establish a Routine and Rules from the First
  • With pre-school or lower-primary children,
    setting up a classroom routine is as important as
    any other element of your class. Once routines
    are carefully established, children know what we
    expect of them. A well-chosen routine can save
    valuable class time, help with discipline, and
    allow you to spend more time on meaningful
  • Its important to establish a clear routine from
    Day 1. Simple routines like a Hello and a Goodbye
    song to mark the start and end of English time,
    and different ways of controlling transitions
    between activities like using songs or chants to
    signal a change from story time to table-time are
    important in pre-school and early primary
    classes. Younger children love it when their
    lives are predictable. The best way to capitalize
    on this is to build a routine into your classes,
    making life easier for you too.

  • The reason why children at this stage love
    routines is because they do not have a developed
    concept of time and they measure their time in
    school by the activities they do at set times in
    the school day.
  • With older children you might have a lesson
    negotiating classroom rules where they volunteer
    behaviors which they think will help to make the
    classroom a happier place and to help them get
    the most out of lessons. You will often be
    impressed and surprised with some of their ideas
    like treating each other with respect, always
    doing their best work and handing homework in on
    time! You can then make a list of their rules and
    even get everyone, including you, to sign it.
    Make photocopies of the list for everyone to
    stick inside their books and you can enlarge it
    to display somewhere in the classroom.

2. Use Variety
  • Although chocolate is delicious and many of us
    could happily eat it every day, we would soon
    become bored with a diet of chocolate. Why?
    Because it would no longer be a novelty. We would
    actually start to feel sick of it! The same can
    true of any classroom activity. A favorite
    activity can be fun and educational, but if we do
    it in the same way every day and only do that
    type of activity, it can become boring. We know
    that different children learn in different ways
    and that different activities cater for their
    needs in English. Stories provide children with
    input, as do songs, rhymes and chants. Play,
    drama and well-chosen games help them internalize
    language and use it to communicate. However,
    there are many other activities children enjoy
    that help them learn language and we should
    exploit them to full advantage.
  • While making things, children also make meaning.
    As they explore shapes, colors, textures,
    constructions, they are extending their
    experience and understanding of the world.

3. Have Fun
  • Creating fun in the classroom does not mean that
    the children have to be on the go constantly or
    that you, the teacher, have to be the all singing
    all dancing entertainer. Fun can be created in
    many ways singing, stories, quizzes, chants,
    games, acting out The list is endless. Believe
    it or not, one of the students favorite games is
    the List Game, where they choose 6 topics, which
    the teacher writes on the board and number from
    one to six, each number corresponding to the
    sides of a dice. The children get into teams. One
    team throws the dice and all the teams have 3
    minutes to write a list of words from that topic.
    They have as much fun with this game as with a
    running dictation.

4. There needs to be Language Pay-off
  • While its important to make learning fun for
    young learners, in the limited amount of time we
    have for English, we need to make sure that there
    is what is called as language pay-off in every
    activity. When preparing a game or any other
    activity, it is important to be clear about the
    language and learning objectives. We can
    sometimes get carried away when we see our
    students having fun, however we must be sure that
    there is enough language learning going on to
    justify the activity.
  • Monitoring is most important during communicative
    group activities. Children find an award very
    motivational, e.g. a gold star for the table
    using the most English, or you could give the
    table not using enough English an Untrophy.

5. Music and Movement
  • The dictionary defines music as an art of sound
    in time that expresses ideas and emotions through
    elements of rhythm, melody, harmony and color.
  • Music has unique qualities and a well-chosen song
    or piece of music can provide language learning
    benefits from Pre-Primary all the way up to the
    end of Primary, providing the children with
    useful language input that can be fun at the same
    time. If the children leave your classroom
    singing an English song in their head they will
    carry it with them all day and at home too,
    something Tim Murphy referred to as S-S-I-T-H-P
    Song Stuck in the Head Phenomenon.
  • As teachers, we can also rest assured that by
    using music, song, movement, and all the other
    activities involved in the musical process, we
    are addressing most (if not all) the Basic Skills
    and Key competences.
  • Remember that, of the many factors that
    influence learning, few are as far-reaching or
    little understood as sound and music.

6. Surprise Them
  • To be surprised, to wonder, is to begin to
  • One thing the children really like is when you
    sometimes let them choose the order of your
    class. I tell them what we are going to do but
    ask them what they would like to come first,
    second, etc. I dont do this too often or it is
    no longer a surprise!
  • Turn song time into a karaoke competition.
  • Bring props for your story and hide them in a
    bag, inviting different children to feel and
    guess whats inside and then using them to act
    out the story.

  • Present a song as a letter to the children. Let
    them read and work on the letter, asking who they
    think sent it, whether they are happy, sad, etc.
    Then surprise them by playing the song at the
    end. Try the Beatles Love me do as a
    Valentines letter or Louis Armstrongs
    Wonderful world for Peace Day but remember
    you can only do this once or twice in a year or
    it will no longer be a surprise!
  • Try doing even the most familiar things in a
    different way. Instead of making a list of words,
    let them create a mind map.

  • When the children write sentences encourage them
    to do color parsing, for example using the colors
    of traffic lights, writing the pronoun in red,
    the verb in yellow and the noun in green. This
    will make the sentence more memorable and can
    help with corrections. Instead of referring to
    nouns, verbs, etc, you could say for example
    The red words are he/she and it. Have a look at
    your yellow words. Whats missing? Good, the
  • Dont always ask the children to write on a blank
    page but instead investigate the use of graphic
  • Let them present their writing in the form of a
    shaped book, for example, or write their food
    poem on a paper plate.

7. Praise
  • We all like positive feedback and respond well to
    recognition of a job well done. Most small
    children want to please their teachers and love
    any positive attention you show them. Try to
    praise the children for any effort on their part,
    whether it is using English or being the first to
    follow one of your instructions. Praise good
    behavior and you will find many of the children
    trying to copy.
  • Know that people will forget what you said,
    people will forget what you did, but people will
    never forget how you made them feel.

8. Evaluate Fairly
  • Teachers often feel that they are at times
    obsessed by testing children. Try to view tests
    as just part of the teaching and learning
    process, as you need to be regularly, but not
    constantly, assessing the childrens progress in
    order to make sure you are catering to their
    educational needs. However, a quick rule of thumb
    over testing is that a test needs to be valid.
    This means that we should test what the children
    have learnt. We also need to take care over how
    they have learnt it. You may think this is
    obvious but we should not use a new activity type
    in a test. I saw a teacher give the children a
    dictation in a test when they had never done one
    in class!

9. Try to be Enthusiastic, Even if you Sometimes
Dont Feel like it
  • It can be difficult to remain enthusiastic all
    the time but when a teacher enters the class
    smiling and seems enthusiastic about an activity
    they are presenting, they will find it much
    easier to captivate their class. Hiding your
    flashcards in a bag, peeping inside and asking
    the children to guess what is inside will get
    their attention a lot quicker than putting up the
    flashcards and getting them to repeat the words.
    That element of surprise adds to their

10. Stay motivated you
  • Update your skills from time to time sign up for
    some training. Its always good to feel what its
    like to be a student again. You can learn so
    many new things in one day and maybe a speaker
    will remind you of an activity you already knew
    but havent used in a while. You can even try to
    use sessions you dont particularly like as a
    learning experience to realize what some students
    in your class may be feeling if you havent made
    your class fun, relevant or interesting to them.
  • Remember also to make sure that you have some YOU
    time outside school. As the old saying goes a
    little bit of what you fancy does you good.
    Whether its taking your own children to the park
    and having fun, going swimming, texting a friend
    or skiing down a mountain, you need to have a
    rest for your own sanity.

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