Teacher Training Events around Spain


I will be doing some training events with OUP colleagues around Spain starting with Madrid on 29 March.

You can register for these at :


My session is called:

Maximizing their memory

“Use surprise to bring students’ brains to attention. Consider employing the technique of surprise to light up students’ brains and illuminate the pathways to memory storage. Starting a lesson with an unanticipated demonstration or having something new or unusual in a classroom will spark student attention and curiosity.”

Dr. Judy Willis, neurologist and teacher.

Come and discover ways to maximize your primary pupils’ memory and potential.




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Teacher Training Webinar OUP Spain


Hi everyone,

Just in case you haven’t had the information, I will be doing a Webinar on Tuesday 25 March from 18.00 until 19.00.

If you are in Spain, you can register online at:


It’s called “Prioritising your pupils’ potential” and we will be concentrating on strategies for ‘Infantil’ and primary children in First Cycle.

Hope to ‘see’ you there.

All the best


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Festival of fun webinar – 19 November


Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that I will be doing a webinar for OUP on 19 November entitled A Festival of Fun, if you feel like joining me.

You can register on:




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The Imagination Tree – a great website

A friend and colleague, Elisabeth has just sent me this great website:

http://theimaginationtree.com/ for if you don’t already know it.

I just love the Alphabet Ping Pong Drop!


I always collect kitchen roll tubes.  I just have to go an buy a bag of ping pong balls now!  Thought I may put phonics sounds on the tubes and write words with those sounds on the ping pong balls.

Get your class involved in making and decorating the kitchen roll tubes.

Children love playing with things they have made themselves.

Spending life with children

I love this quote.

I just wish more parents would remember it!

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Happy World Teachers Day 2013


This is just to wish every teacher out there a very Happy World Teachers Day for tomorrow, 5 October 2013.

Check out previous blog entries for activities and quotes:


I love this video of Taylor Mali:


Here’s the poem on Taylor’s website, just in case you don’t catch some of it.


Teachers make a difference.

That’s what we make!


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World Space Week 4 to 10 October


On December 6, 1999, The United Nations General Assembly declared that from 4 October to 10 October was International World Space Week. 

The choice of dates was very significant.

Sputnik 1, the first human-made Earth satellite was launched on October 4, 1957.

The Outer Space Treaty was signed on October 10, 1967. 

For classroom activities, check out previous posts on this blog:




Here’s a very simple song just to learn the names of the planets:

Then there is this really nice, settling song with lots of information about the planets

This is a really fun rap:

Check out: http://www.worldspaceweek.org/wsw/index.php for information on this years event.

Have a great World Space Week!

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Ideas for teachers of Surprise and Big Surprise 5 & 6

If your students like acting out the ‘Say it’ role plays in Lesson 7 of Surprise and Big Surprise 5 & 6, you might like the website:


This is a website I got from my colleague Abel Gálvez.

You can take photos of your students acting out the role plays, then record their voices doing the role play, so the children can create a photo story with sound like the ones in their book.

BS5 Lesson 7 001

You might want to check out Abel’s blog for other great ideas to use in the classroom:


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