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Cards for English Teachers

When it comes to cards for teaching, two companies come to mind: Trend and School Zone. Both of these produce excellent cards for their cost and will last you years of useful service.

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Trend is the leader of the card war because they have a huge volume of cards to chose from. Their boxed sets of sight words, word families and verb cards are sets every English teacher should have for teaching ESL. The boxes protect and keep the cards from getting lost/damaged while the double sided format makes them flexible for reading practice.

I would say though, stay away from the set vocabulary-like opposites- as these are not a good cost to value product. The card sets can be used easily, but I have found any matching set type product to be hard to use in lessons and the number of cards to cost is dramatically skewed.

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School Zone relies on drawings instead of photographs, but because they offer more game based cards they are a very valid company to check out. Their sets include some important vocabulary, especially adjectives, that aren’t found on Trend cards. Games like Go Fish Alphabet are a must for small classes, not only for the letter reading, but the review of animal names that go along with the game.

Cards, like any item in a classroom, are a tool for teachers. How you use them is where the students learn. Having the best cards you can gives you the best chance to impact and improve their ability to use the target language. I highly recommend both of these companies for the products they produce in cards.

Keep writing, and teaching-that’s good too!

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Art in Teaching

Teaching is an art, not a science. It is helping others to learn and there-in is the challenge all teachers face. After spending years as a teacher helping children and adults I feel it is one of the most positive jobs imaginable. As a teacher I must find a way to inspire the student to remember and use the language being taught so that they can use it in the future. So that they can communicate.

We can talk about methods and we can talk about heart when it comes to teaching. Method is the bag of tricks you employ to grab the students attention and test them. Heart is the thing you’d better have in order to relate to the students as people. You need to inspire them and if your heart isn’t there, then find another job. Seriously, do something your heart is happy with in life and others will see it too.

As a writer I spend the in-between times that I am not teaching in the act of writing. If you are a teacher out there reading this blog post then please work to inspire your students to want to learn and use the target material. Be the best teacher they have ever had, though you will never be able to know if that is will be the truth for them.

We all remember good teachers. They leave a mark on us. Bad teachers too, we never shake their example from our minds. Being your best and finding your heart in teaching will find your way into people’s lives and make a difference. The job of teaching is about making a difference, about cause and effect. Effect as best you can.

Keep writing.