Primary education lays the foundations for our students’ success in life. Not only do young learners develop key skills and competencies at school, but they learn teamwork and leadership skills, and become independent learners with growth mindsets.
In this series of 5 webinar recordings, you will hear from a number of experts talking on topics as diverse as scaffolding in the classroom, measuring learner performance, 21st century skills, fun and educational classroom games, engaging reading techniques, effective assessment strategies, and much more.
Simply click on the link below each description and register to watch your chosen recording online.
1. Scaffolding: giving our primary pupils the support they need
In this recording, teacher, researcher and materials writer Sarah Davila teams up with Pearson’s Brian Enquist to talk about the importance of scaffolding in the primary classroom and what this means for our regular teaching practice.
Starting with how to set learning objectives for our students, and then going into the best way to carry out assessments, Sara talks about measuring learner performance, as well as current competence and needs.
You will hear from practical examples of how to use scaffolding to improve the classroom experience for primary pupils and create a safe space for them to make mistakes, learn the basics, develop learner independence, and achieve success.
2. Fostering the 4Cs: key competencies for success
Hosted by teacher trainer Michael Brand and Pearson’s Brian Enquist, this session breaks down what students need to do to be successful both in education and in life.
Speaking directly to Primary English teachers, it examines the opportunities you have to make a real difference in your pupils’ lives.
You will come away with a number of engaging, fun and practical activities to help your students develop the 4Cs of communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking – key 21st Century Skills, which will serve them well now and in the future.
3. Playing for real: getting the most out of games in primary
This recording by teacher trainer Elena Merino and Pearson’s Brian Enquist takes a serious look at having fun.
Focused on the educational benefits of playing games, Elena looks at how they have evolved from simply being rewards and time fillers in the classroom to core learning tools.
Games help students get to grips with new concepts in fun and interesting ways; they can also help to reinforce language and expand abilities, as well as offering feedback on learner progress and competence.
You will learn what takes a game from a simple, fun activity to a valuable learning experience. You will also discover how to gamify your lessons and find out how game-based learning will benefit your students.
4. Assess for success
Elena Merino is back, this time with Gloria Vivanco, to talk about some practical assessment strategies to help your primary students become more independent and responsible for their own learning. These are, of course, essential strengths that your students can rely on during their continuing education and then later on in their careers.
Elena and Gloria look in depth into how you can use assessment to determine your students’ learning needs, how you can measure their progress, and also how to use assessment to inform mid and long-term target setting.
What’s more, the recording looks at how self and peer-assessment can be used in the primary classroom to the great advantage of your pupils.
5. Read to succeed
The final recording in this series is from Elizabeth Beer and Brian Enquist from Pearson.
Reading is not always a popular topic with learners, and it can be hard to come up with fun, dynamic and educational activities that will truly benefit them, especially when you begin to introduce more complicated reading texts.
They answer the question: how well have we equipped our students to be good readers?
You will leave with a number of fun, manageable and meaningful ways to bring reading back into in your classroom.
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Primary learning and Poptropica English
If you would like to explore new, dynamic ways of teach your primary English learners, Poptropica English and Poptropica English Islands are the courses for you!
Aimed at learners aged between 6 and 12, Poptropica is a 6-level blended learning course that personalizes English language learning and introduces students to a curriculum bursting with challenges, stories and fun.
Poptropica English Islands offer a more intensive version of the course, also preparing students for external examinations.
You can read more about these courses in our post – Blended Learning strategy for primary teaching, or visit our catalogue to find out more about the benefits and features of Poptropica English and Poptropica English Islands.