Greeting Students at the Door

This year, after reading the book “When the adults change everything changes” and with the completion of an informative INSET day from Pivotal Education I realised the importance of greeting students, before they enter the classroom. To back this claim, I also found numerous studies online, validating that greeting students at the door sets a positive tone and can help…

Really Easy “Pumpkin Queen” Halloween Makeup

This is a great idea for Halloween, if you are stuck and need something quick. This makeup is unisex and is for all ages! All you need is some orange eyeshadow and black makeup! Watch my video and become a Pumpkin King or Queen this Halloween! Like and share this video. Oh and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t…

Classroom Reveal 2018-19: Dragon Theme

We have been back in school for a month now and my classroom reveal is long overdue! The truth is, it’s still not quite how I want it, but I’m not sure when it will be though and…. I’m just dying to show it to you all, so no more waiting! πŸ₯ For those of you who don’t know, this…

Mental Maths Questions for Children

The mathematics curriculum in primary schools, requires that mental maths strategies are taught to children from an early age. I have been teaching mental maths strategies for many years now and every year I see the struggle that children face. I do my best, each time, to improve my teaching and increase students’ engagement. I believe that the key to…

Video: Draw with words!

Have fun with this video! If you know how to write the word, then you can draw the picture! This easy to follow video shows how you can turn simple words into fun drawings! Why don’t you have a go? Till next time…

Lines of Symmetry Game

Find a link to a fun symmetry game for your kids, here! The “Line of Symmetry” is the imaginaryΒ lineΒ where you could fold the image and have both halves match exactly. If you can reflect (or flip) a figure over a line and the figure appears unchanged, then the figure has reflection symmetry or line symmetry. The line that you reflect…

Teacher burnout and how to avoid it in 10 steps

Teacher burnout is real and can happen to anyone at anytime. Low salaries, additional workload and responsibilities, together with limited appreciation can have demoralising effects on even the most capable, enthusiastic teachers. With 20 years of experience behind me, these are some of the things I try to do to keep me motivated as a teacher and avoid the dreaded…

Staff Shout Outs!

  Boost staff morale and spread the love, by bringing positivity to your school with a ‘Staff Shout-Out’ board! So often, teachers get caught up in the manic pace of school life and get sucked in by surrounding negativity. This is incredibly easy to happen to anyone, especially when they feel tired and unmotivated. This shout-out idea isn’t mine of…

(Part 1) Reading Corner for the classroom with bonus video

Don’t you think that it’s beneficial for children to have a reading corner in the classroom? I do! I think having a reading area in the classroom is very important for children to start loving to read and to read for pleasure . Watch this video to see how I made my reading corner in my dragon themed classroom! I…

Free Dragon Alphabet Resource

To go with my dragon themed room this year, I wanted to put up the alphabet in the front of the classroom so that children could refer to it, whenever they needed to. Even though I will be teaching Year 4 and children will already know how to form the letters, as well as the order of the alphabet, I…