Our top five primary posts from 2018 (so far)

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Reports, marking, planning… we know just how busy it can be for teachers during term time. In fact, teachers are often so busy that it’s nearly impossible to find time for extra reading. But now that summer is here – and many of you have some free time on your hands – we thought we’d share with you some of our favorite articles from 2018 about teaching young learners.

Below you’ll find a short summary and link to five blog posts which will help you with everything from using technology in the classroom and tracking students’ progress, to keeping your kids safe online and motivating students to read more.

There’s also a post outlining inquiry-based learning with some information about how you can start using it in your classes.

1. The benefits of digital tools in the Primary classroom

In this first post, Christopher Sol Cruz, co-author of the popular primary series Big English, tells us about the advantages of using digital tools in your young learner classes. These include being able to personalize the learning process, improving students digital literacy skills, saving time and much more.

He also shares some guidelines for using technology effectively with children and offers a number of resources for those who are keen to learn more.

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2. Five things you can do to improve online safety for your young learners

Bringing technology into the classroom is a great way to engage young learners in the 21st Century. However, we need to make sure that it’s being used in a safe and appropriate manner.

In this post we look at five ways you can help ensure your students are safe when they are online and share some resources to keep you up-to-date with online trends so you can be aware of the issues which your students may be facing.

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3. Visible progress for primary learners

Sometimes we focus so much on making sure young learners are having a good time that it’s hard to really tell how much progress they’re making in class.

Teacher trainer and materials writer Amanda Davies, shares her tips for making learning more visible and provides a downloadable checklist to use in class to keep track of continuous assessment.

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4. What is inquiry-based learning?

In this next post we look at inquiry-based learning – an approach which challenges learners using questions. It encourages students to think critically, work together and solve problems.

We take a closer look at the four levels of inquiry-based learning, highlight the advantages of using it, and share a number of practical tips so you can give it a try in class.

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5. How to motivate reluctant readers

Our last post is great for those who teach both primary and secondary students and struggle to get them excited about reading in English. Does that sound like you?

We share four ideas to help you bring outside interests into the classroom, gamify the reading experience, experiment with high energy activities and also how to go beyond the text.

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Keep checking back regularly as we’ll be sharing lots of practical tips and activities to help you get ready for the new school year.

What else would you like to see on the blog? Let us know in the comments!

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