10 Tips on How to Create a More Meaningful & Effective Classroom Experience

There is so much to learn to become the best teacher you can be. Often, learning from each other is the best way to improve. With that in mind, today we have 10 tips from teacher Melissa about improving the classroom experience.


Hello, potential and current Qkids teachers! My name is Melissa Davis. I live in Fresno, California. I am a mother of eight and am currently finishing up a double major, a Master’s Degree in English with an emphasis in Education. I also homeschool three of my children. And yet, I still have time to teach for Qkids! You may be asking how?


It’s true, life can get pretty busy at times. However, I have developed some handy tricks-of-the-trade for maximizing my time and providing the best learning environment possible. I want to share 10 awesome tips on how to create a more meaningful and effective classroom experience. 

Preparation and organization are key to creating an engaging and fun classroom. Students learn in a variety of ways: kinesthetic, auditory, and visual, and a good teaching approach should incorporate all three. This means coming to class fully prepared with TPR, props, and some brief background information about the lesson(s). The first 3 minutes are critical for building rapport with your students, fostering enthusiasm, and determining how you will differentiate your teaching method for your student(s). You want to make sure that your students and their parents are satisfied with your delivery. There is a saying in the ESL industry (concerning parent feedback) that says, ‘no news is good news,’ but I disagree. We should show up expecting to deliver a good lesson and anticipate feedback that reflects an exciting and educating class session. Granted, some parents do not leave feedback. Still, we should be aiming to wow them! We can achieve this by tapping into our inner child while incorporating our experience and teaching styles. Here are 10 tips on how to achieve this with ease.

#1 

Keep your classroom space tidy and inviting. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to accomplish this. It can be as simple as a poster, a map, an ABC chart, or pictures of Qkids characters.

(This simpler background cost less than $20 – minus the globe, and stool)
Or you can go all out!


#2 

As you begin to collect and gather props, try to organize them in such a way that they are easy to grab in a hurry. You never know when you will have the chance to provide additional learning opportunities.

I love using these cubbies to keep each category separate (such as food, dinosaurs, animals, etc.)
You never know when you’ll need a Stegosaurus, an emoji, or an apple!

#3 

I highly recommend collecting some flashcards. They are affordable and go a long way with visual learners. There are some amazing websites where we can download flashcards for free or at a minimal cost. Most of mine came from  https://www.kids-pages.com/flashcards.htm absolutely free! I have also purchased a few sets for only a $1 to $3 from teachers-pay-teachers: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Emotions-Feelings-Flashcards-1180059 


As for flashcards storage, I found an awesome way to keep mine organized and in reach. I use index card cases!
Regular-sized store-bought flashcards fit in these too!

Other favorable props might include Momo or Koby dolls.  I ordered mine from Jennifer Wilson. She is happy to take your orders! Here’s her page on FB https://www.facebook.com/yahrite01 

#4

Use TPR (total physical response) and encourage your students to use TPR with you! TPR goes a long way with Kinesthetic learners since they learn by doing. For example, if you are teaching a lesson on body parts, use TPR to dance and sing the “head, shoulders, knees, and toes” song with them.

# 5

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat… the target words and phrases! Repetition is especially helpful for auditory learners who learn by hearing. Be sure to correct errors kindly and punctually so that incorrect pronunciation is not adopted. It can be helpful to make a game of it for struggling students by using a dice, rolling it, and having them repeat the word the number of times the dice lands on.

# 6

Come prepared! Many teachers take notes on each lesson, jotting down the target words/phrases and learning objectives. 

Tip: to save yourself time, use an index card catalog and index cards. This way, you’ll only have to take notes once.


# 7 

Children love songs, games, and being read to. Use these opportunities to make an impact in the lives of your students, to invest in them, and help them grow.

# 8 

Allow our students to teach us. They are engaged in cultural immersion, and so are we! There is a lot to learn about our world, and these kiddos have a lot to share.

# 9 

Acquire at least one puppet to help with the demonstrations for lower levels. Puppets are a great way to show, by example, what is expected. Plus puppets are fun and bring laughter to the classroom. There’s nothing more amusing than watching a bad ventriloquist!

# 10 

Have fun!! This is one of the best jobs on the planet, and you work for the best ESL company in the industry, ahh hmm – Qkids, so take the time to enjoy it.


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I hope that these 10 tips will help you to create a productive classroom space and meaningful learning experience for your students. If you have questions about any of these suggestions, feel free to contact me via Facebook

If you are interested in joining the Qkids Family, click here (or use referral code DMABBY). I will be happy to mentor you and walk you through the process. For those of you who are already a part of the Qkids family, You Rock! Happy Teaching!!  


Shaping the future of E-learning together! Helping Qkids family grow in your own way!




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