Mini Whiteboard and Cardboard Die Addition Activity (2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This is week 10 for the pupils of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

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This simple Mathematics addition activity relies on the partner to roll the dice and randomly generate a number which can then be written down by the other partner and in turn the sum is figured out.

The partner with the dice must shout out the numbers and also check to see if their partner’s answer is correct. This way both children are actually solving the same sum.

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As we all know in Maths there is no single approach to working out calculations. Some children are able to figure out the sums in their minds, some use their fingers others use a number line and some use counting the taps they make on their tables.

Once a partner has worked out 5 sums their roles are then swapped.

This is a great little activity which uses a multitude of skills, for example writing, reading, counting, visualising numbers, speaking, pier assistance to mention just a few.

In the coming weeks this activity can be made more challenging by allowing the children to add more than 2 numbers together by rolling the dice more than two times.

In this game the children whom were more comfortable with adding bigger numbers together were given different die with larger numbers.

 This activity was also scaffolded by pairing intermediate level children with children who needed extra assistance, for example those children who used a number line.

I am extremely happy and immensely proud of the progress every single one of my pupils is making in my class.

Finally I would just like to say that I am a huge advocate and promoter of the humble mini-whiteboard, I guess it is the slightly more modern equivalent of the slate and chalk.

The mini whiteboard’s applications are extremely varied, versatile and only limited by a teacher’s own imagination!

I hope you enjoy the YouTube video!

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.



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EP1 Red Spelling Lists 8, 9 10 and 11 (2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Listed below are the spelling words for the next 4 weeks of July, for all English Programme 1 pupils here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

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Spelling test 8 will take place on Friday the 7th of July.

The spelling words must be practiced every day by your child with your supervision.

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The spelling lists for July will be found in the July homework booklet which will be issued to your children by the administrative office on Monday the 3rd of July.

If you have any questions please feel free to approach me as I will be very happy to help you.

Thank you…Teacher Chaz.



LIST 8

what

who

my

What are they?

What is it?

the sun

the moon

wash

house

bed 

big

small



LIST 9

this

that

which

It’s a river.

They’re birds.

the sea

the sky

biggest

smallest

Thailand

a hat

a coat



LIST 10

with

there

when

a dress

jeans

shorts

socks

a tie

arms

foot

feet

neck



LIST 11

like

how

want

I’ve got

I have got

I haven’t got

I have not got

tall

short

add

minus

me




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EP1 Red Little Red Hen Story Map (June 2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Very recently the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School produced beautiful story maps of their current reading book Little Red Hen.

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This is their second attempt at this particular activity however, this time with a different book and all of the ep1 red children have been extremely successful.

The children were given 6 random sentences from their reading book which were displayed on the interactive whiteboard.

The children then had to find the correct order in which the sentences occurred and write them into their story maps and then draw the appropriate illustrations.

Finally the children went on to colour their drawings.

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This activity applies the use of a multitude of skills and enhances a range of abilities namely reading, writing, working memory, sentence structure, punctuation, grammar,  skim reading, numbers, illustrating and sequencing to mention only but a few.



Please note that to L1 learners (English as a first language learners) this activity may seem simple however it is quite sophisticated and challenging for L2 learners (English as a  second language).

Just eight weeks a go the majority of the children in ep1 red did not possess any understanding of the English language whatsoever, including speaking, reading and letter formation.

All of the instruction and guidance the children have received has always been in English.

The children’s learning has been immense since they started on the English programme and will continue to progress rapidly.




I am extremely proud of the progress of all of my pupils.

I hope you enjoy the images.

Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.



CORRECT STORY SEQUENCE

1. Will you help me plant the wheat? (page 6)

2.Will you help me cut the wheat? (page 10)

3.Will you help me make the flour? (page 14)

4.Will you help me eat the bread? (page 22)

5.Yes said the rat the cat and the dog. (page 24)

6.No said Little Red Hen. I will eat it all by myself. (page 26)



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EP1 Red The Ugly Duckling Story Map (June 2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

Very recently the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School produced beautiful story maps of their current reading book The Ugly Ducking.

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The children were given 6 random sentences from their reading book which were displayed on the interactive whiteboard.

The children then had to find the correct order in which the sentences occurred and write them into their story maps and then draw the appropriate illustrations.

Finally the children went on to colour their drawings.

Most of the children were able to do this activity.

For those children who did not get it right their first time, will get better at it in the future.

The key I feel to young learners esl activities is repeated attempts at similar if not the same activities.

This activity can be made more challenging by adding more random sentences from the book in question and by in turn adding more boxes to the worksheet.

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As the children progress on wards through their first year of learning on the English Programme, I am certain that you will see at first hand, great improvements in their English language ability and fluency.

I hope you enjoy the images of the children’s work.

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Please feel free to view them personally outside of our classroom amongst other works.

As always I am here to help you so if you have any questions or comments please approach me at any time.

Thank you…Teacher Chaz.




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EP1 Red Classroom Things Barrier Game (June 2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

This is only week 5 for the children of ep1 red here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

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The vast majority of the children in ep1 red have had very little English language exposure, to the extent that most up until very recently were completely unfamiliar with the alphabet, phonics and basic classroom language and basic classroom instruction.

This particular esl activity is referred to as a Barrier Game. A barrier game is usually a pair based activity where one pupil obtains information from the other by asking questions and the other pupil gives information by answering questions.

Another way to use a barrier game is to give instructions to one another. This is the methodology which is applied in this version of the activity.





Barrier games are usually carried out as an educational activity when the pupils have learned all of the various elements of a particular unit of learning. In this case the children have completed their unit on Classroom Things, Colours and Question Words.

This barrier game activity accommodates for children of varying abilities by way of differentiation and providing specific scaffolding.

Lower level children are given a worksheet which has the colour words printed in colour. The classroom objects are also displayed on the interactive whiteboard with the object names underneath them.

This activity may seem very fluid however it has taken weeks for the children to get to such a level so as to become confident enough to execute this game successfully.

I hope you enjoy the video.

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Kind regards…Teacher Chaz.




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EP1 Red Spelling Lists 1 2 and 3 (2017)


Chaz Teacher

Dear ep1 red VCIS parents and guardians,

These are the spelling words for the next 3 weeks for all English Programme 1 pupils here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

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Spelling test 1 will take place this Friday the 19th of May.

The spelling words must be practiced every day by your child.

If you have any questions please feel free to approach me as I will be happy to help you.

Thank you…Teacher Chaz.



LIST 1

a bag

a boy

a girl

an ant

a hat

a frog

a dog

a cat

a fox

a pig

one

six



LIST 2

man

big

can

for

go

in

me

is

my

it

not

sun



LIST 3

you

up

run

we

all

but

at

do

get

out

say

yes




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Welcome EP1 Red Parents 2017! My name is Teacher Chaz.


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*** BRITISH EDUCATION:




‘Native’ English Speaker


Intermediate Thai Speaker


Kingdom of Thailand Teacher’s License


*** Post Graduate Certificate in Education International (P.G.C.E.)

(Focus on ESL and EFL Learners)

The University of Nottingham


Thai Culture Certificate

The University of Payap


TEFL Certificate


*** BA (Honours) English Literature with Creative Writing

The University of Derby


*** A-Levels in English Language, English Literature and Biology




Dear EP1 Red VCIS, Parents and guardians,

My name is Teacher Chaz

I am the English Programme first grade teacher for EP1 Red, here at Varee Chiangmai International School.

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I have worked at Varee Chiangmai International School for over 8 years now.

I started working at Varee Chiangmai International School within the Kindergarten department where I was a teacher, for in excess of 2 years.

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Many parents will already be familiar with me because I would have taught their child before.

I will soon be embarking upon my seventh consecutive year, teaching as an English programme homeroom teacher.

My passion is the English language, English Literature and especially Creative Writing.



I would just like to say, that I am incredibly grateful for all of the support and comments I have received, from ep1 red parents and guardians over these past 6 years!

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I was born raised and educated in the United Kingdom…

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I teach English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Health, Career and Technology, Information Technology and Art to the same class of children.

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Having fun outside with Kindergarten 2 using music. (2009)

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Kindergarten 3 ‘Graduation’ Day (very proud). (2009)

My pedagogical ethos has always been to create stimulating lessons which, not only hold the interest of the children I teach but also empower them with confidence, so that they can then carry out tasks as individuals, or in groups with minimal guidance.


I constantly engage my pupils in a variety of different ways and to achieve this I avoid the over reliance on a single ‘learning theory’ or indeed teaching approach, as I sincerely believe I would be restricting their educational development by doing so.

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Ep1 red integrated Social and Art class about the Arctic habitat with Lucky.

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The ultimate premise behind all of my teaching is that my pupils, will be able to take and apply what they have learnt in my classroom, to then help them continue to learn new skills and concepts in others, as they progress on at Varee Chiangmai International School.


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EP1 Red integrated Science and Art lesson on different materials. (2011)



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Miss. Ajarn Varee Patravanich (Director and Owner of Varee Chiangmai International School) with Teacher Chaz. (2009)



‘I truly, madly and deeply love teaching and I find every single working day to be an immensely satisfying, extremely rewarding and tremendously challenging experience!’


I am very proud and honoured to have worked at Varee Chiangmai International School for such a long and hugely enjoyable time.

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Varee Kindergarten annual performance (The Little Mermaid.) (2009)



I am especially proud of and astounded by the creative writing my pupils have produced independently, every year.

Most of the children who enter into ep1 red, begin with no English language knowledge or ability whatsoever. This includes being unfamiliar with the alphabet and basic phonics.

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Example of unassisted creative writing, after only 7 months of learning English in ep1 red!!



I am extremely familiar with the University of Cambridge Young Learners ESOL examinations, for which I have successfully prepared my past pupils for, and whom have achieved outstanding success.

(These assessments were carried out by an external team of Cambridge ESOL examiners.)


I am exceptionally proud of my pupils, whom have achieved so highly in the Cambridge English Young Learners Assessments.



‘To be able to teach my pupils to a globally recognised standard and for them to achieve so highly in these assessments, has been one of the many high points of my teaching career!!!’



I will always do my very best to ensure that my students continue to learn English in fun and varied ways.


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Ep1 Red Health Lesson On Different Food Groups. (2011)


Finally, I am always available to talk to during school hours so, if you have any questions, comments or concerns about your child then, please do not hesitate to approach me as I will be happy to help you!


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My Very Last Day Teaching in the Kindergarten Department. (2010)

 Kind regards……Teacher Chaz.




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