Classroom Curiosities XXV

It’s been a fortnight full of birthdays, sniffles and report-writing. Here is the latest from the classroom: Does that make sense? My primary classes were grappling with the homophones who’s and whose. The first is the contraction of who is, whereas the second is about who the object belongs to. The students had to complete…

Teaching Creative Writing

This week I taught a two day workshop for students aged nine years old who ranged from pre-intermediate to post-intermediate in ability. Although I often teach different writing styles to my regular classes, this was the first intensive course (15 hours) I had taught. I was given some materials by the centre, but I also…

Classroom Curiosities XXIV

This edition features a dictionary challenge gone wrong, some suspect answers and a priceless view on friendship. This week, I ran a Creative Writing Workshop during the holidays. It was fun teaching the students how to show and not tell, avoid boring adjectives and build their characters using dialogue. I’ll share more ideas on teaching…

Classroom Curiosities XXIII

Happy Teachers’ Day to all the teachers out there! This edition brings you an uncomfortable explanation, a journey into Space and the tooth fairy gone AWOL. A family day out My primary classes were writing personal recounts about a family excursion. Most children chose days out at the beach, or a fun trip abroad. One…

Classroom Curiosities XXII

This week I bring you a cheese fanatic, a Lego lover and an inappropriate question: Exceptions Teaching English can be tough. You teach a class a grammar rule, then have to explain the exceptions when the students counter with irregular examples (of which there are many). For instance, after teaching that manner adverbs follow verbs…

Classroom Curiosities XXI

It’s National Day here in Singapore, so to celebrate, here is the latest round-up from my students: Fairytale felons Those three little pigs need to recycle: Wolf whistle If catcalling actually worked: Put your phones down A poignant reminder to be in the present: Brightening my doorway One of my students drew this candle for…