A leaving gift in five simple steps

Unbelievably, I have just one full week left teaching here in Singapore, so I made my students some leaving gifts. 1) Buy some watercolour paints and cheat by picking up a pre-designed pattern book. 2) Paint like an amateur using watercolours for the first time in a decade. Use far too much water, fail to…

Classroom Curiosities XXVII

This fortnight has been filled with some absolute corkers. Sensitive teeth One of my 5 year old students interrupted a game to ask me if I had brushed my teeth that morning. I told him I had. He replied, “But your teeth have a little bit of yellow today.” Time travel A forthright greeting Sometimes,…

Grammar gripes

A comprehensive list of amusing memes for all the grammar grouches out there like me.

Classroom Curiosities XXVI

We’ve been in full Halloween mode this week at school and my classroom has been full of witches, ghouls and superheroes! It’s been a while since my last one of these as I’ve been busy with other projects (see here). Semantics While my class were planning a personal recount, I reminded them that they must…

8 More Common Mistakes by Asian Learners

After teaching in Singapore for almost two years, I wanted to highlight the common errors that my students make in order to help other teachers. This is a follow-up to my 5 Common Mistakes post which features different problems to tackle. I suspect some of these errors are reinforced outside our classroom since these are…

The Art of Writing Reports

I’ve just written over a hundred reports and it struck me that it requires a degree of diplomatic phrasing. To help other teachers out there, here are some tried and tested lines (with their true meanings underneath)*: Alex is practicing his fine motor skills and improving his pencil grip. His colouring is really messy. He…