What Makes a Teacher Unforgettable?

Be-unforgettable

We have just completed this September’s 5-Day Intensive training course in Florence with some amazing teachers from around the globe, all with different backgrounds and teaching experiences. It was great fun!🤩 I’m always super excited about meeting new groups and I usually start the first day of each teacher training course with a simple question:…

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Game of the Week – Count and Balance

Kids English Theatre

Sometimes the simplest games are the most fun. Count and Balance (suitable for children 4+) You’ll need your trusty magic wand for this game. – Have everyone standing in a circle. – Explain that they are going to count to 50 (10 for younger children) standing on one leg with their eyes closed! – If…

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Start Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

Kids English Theatre

While I was studying acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (over 25 years ago!) my tutors were exceptionally demanding and would constantly push me out of my comfort zones.😱So much so that I vividly remember once, walking down the street at the end of a particularly disastrous movement class with tears rolling…

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The Power of Praise and Encouragement

Kids English Theatre

I have to laugh when parents sometimes tell me “ Miranda, I’m sending my child to you because he/she hates English!” Thanks very much! It’s not ideal starting sessions surrounded by frightened little faces, who already have preconceived negative vibes about language learning. But, when it happens and I know I have a tiny window…

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Times are changing for TimeOut

Kids English Theatre

A few years ago “timeout” was considered a successful approach to managing children’s misbehaviour. Now it looks like time’s up for timeout! There’s a debate currently going on about classroom management in UK pre-schools and whether to ban the word “naughty” and the idea of using the “naughty step” which has negative connotations and instead…

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How to Connect with Young Language Learners

Kids English Theatre

When I first started teaching young learners my main concern was not being able to connect with them. 😵I was young at the time, I had no experience teaching children and I felt self-conscious and wooden communicating with them. But, as soon as I let myself go and entered “kids kingdom” I really started enjoying…

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The secret to teaching children English

Kids English Theatre

If you have an after-school program or you’re planning on opening one soon – one of the biggest challenges you’ll probably face is getting new students to enrol. Years ago, when I first started teaching children in Italy it was simple and effortless getting new students mainly because there were few (if any) after school…

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