Deep Impact: A lesson looking at the environmental cost of space tourism

Deep Impact: A lesson looking at the environmental cost of space tourism

The space race has gone commercial! With the boom in recent space tourism, there is one cost that even the wealthiest of billionaires can't cover: the environmental cost. The recent antics of the world's richest at a time where many people are worried about their own futures seems, at best, crass, but discovering what happens [...]

Shock Tactics: An environmental lesson plan

Shock Tactics: An environmental lesson plan

Here is my latest lesson plan encouraging students to express their opinions about the climate crisis using modifiers with comparative structures. Lesson Overview Lesson Objectives Learners will be able to discuss environmental issues using topic vocabulary and modifying comparative structures.Learners will develop critical thinking skills as they work collaboratively to devise a video script or [...]

Easter Escape room

Easter Escape room

If you’re looking for an eggs-cellent Easter activity (cringe), why not try my Easter escape room? It's really easy to set up and your teens are sure to love trying to crack the code! How to use it Make a copy of my google form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ulsSedHKalyjnbe9hWGMEYx9tFl3l7CFk0oIwCfSbY4/copy Click on the purple send button in the [...]

Kindness in the classroom: sharing is caring

Kindness in the classroom: sharing is caring

Following up from my last post on fostering emotional literacy in the ELT classroom, I want to share with you today a quick and easy activity that can help promote kindness and build a classroom community. With my very young learners I have introduced an appreciation board to make students recognise their own actions and [...]

Emotional Literacy in the ELT classroom

Emotional Literacy in the ELT classroom

It goes without saying that self-care and well-being have never been so important as in the last year. I marvel at the resilience of the teachers around me and above all the children who are coping so well with the seemingly endless challenges that are being thrown at them. But what is the real effect [...]

The Flip Side: Flipping poetry on its head

The Flip Side: Flipping poetry on its head

I am a (not so secret) poetry junkie. The pictures poetry can paint, the powerful messages they scream or whisper, and their unhampered relationship with language makes it difficult not to love them. In the classroom poetry can provide a positive, welcome gateway to language, making it accessible and building students' confidence by toying with [...]

From another perspective: Teaching conditionals through interactive storytelling

From another perspective: Teaching conditionals through interactive storytelling

Anyone who has ever been in one of my lessons knows how much I love using stories and anecdotes to introduce new language. Stories are the fabric of communication that can hold the attention of a room and allow access to worlds which from the average locked-down bedroom seem out of reach. With an idea [...]