‘A Poison Tree’ with 5 As Syafie — englishoasis

Raya songs were already in the air! But at the corridor, the principal quipped, “Hajah, saya belum observe hajah..esok boleh?” Huh? Orang dah mood raya ni haha. The lesson took place on Wednesday anyway, yup, a day before the Raya break. Boy..was I at pains trying to give instructions in 5 As Syafie – they…

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How Children Succeed

I love how Paul Tough weaves true life stories and studies conducted by researchers on the different ways children can achieve their fullest potential. The book also details struggles by KIPP Academy to help its charges to get a college education.

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The 12 Best Outdoor ESL/EFL Games

ESL Games to add variety to our lessons.



Outdoor games are a great way to motivate your students. Bring out your students fun or competitive spirits with relays, skipping rope and ball games.

Here is a list of 10 tried and tested games I have used for my language centre’s Summer Camp. Some of them are traditional playground games and others have been tweaked to involved more use of the English language.

1. Marco Polo Materials: Blindfold

One student volunteers to be blindfolded, the other students have 10 seconds to run away and hide, the blindfold is then removed and the game begins. Once the game begins, the other students must freeze. When you shout the trigger question (this can be anything from ‘What’s your name?’ to ‘How are you?’), other students must shout their response. This gives the hiding places away so that the students can be caught. The last student to be caught is the winner.


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Learning Style Inventory

What to learn how your students learn best? Have them take this simple test to know if they are visual, auditory or tactile learners. You can take the test too. I found out that I am mostly a visual learner. Results: 45% visual, 40% auditory and 15 % tactile. There are also advice on how to learn effectively in class.

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An inventory that is aligned with Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences is this one.

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Hmmm… interestingly, this video counters the idea that knowing your students’ learning styles is helpful in planning your lessons.

Another one on the opposite end.

The Nature of Leadership: Engaging our Youth to Become Better Leaders

Great thoughts on developing student leadership!

The eNotes Blog

Excellent leadership skills can come naturally to some, but early experiences impact our adult leadership potential. At a young age, children learn to develop leadership skills by being nurtured and encouraged by adults such as parents, family members, teachers and caregivers. Qualities imposed by adults, such as moral development, communication, and diversity can all greatly affect the way children become leaders. Reflect on your own leadership qualities to see how you can better impact young adults to become future leaders.

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