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Today is a great game inspired by Craig & the Secret Warm Ups. It works great with all ages from primary to adults!

1.  Bring two kids to the front.  One is the questioner, one is the answerer.

2.  Get them all ready and hyped up.

3.  Start the stopwatch!

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4.  In 60 seconds the questioner asks the answerer as many English questions as possible.  (This is where the Secret Warm Ups work comes in handy!)

5. They get one point for every question the answerer correctly answers!

6.  See how many they got in the 60 seconds!

 

You can either do this as a big game where everyone gets a go as part of the regular lesson plan.

Or you can do just one pair each lesson and see who gets the biggest score at the end of the year!

Ninja Tip:  This works great because the genki kids go first, but the shy kids go later when you’ve done more lessons so they have a better chance of getting more points! :)

Ninja Tip 2:  After a while you might need to start banning certain questions e.g. if they always say “Do you like apples?” “Do you like bananas”   Or keep them in if you want to see how far they can go! :)

Do give it a try and let us know what you think in the comments!

Be genki,

Richard

P.S.  Another Ninja Trick from Trevor:  Put the new software menu on the board when you are doing any of the Warm Ups or Lines Game.  That way it’s really easy to see which questions you have or haven’t done yet!

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P.P.S.  Oops, I pressed the wrong button and published too early!  Apologies for making two posts in one day!

 


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It’s Easter this weekend, so just in case you need a few extra ideas….

First of all from the main Easter Egg Hunt page  we have:

 

Chocolate Monster:

This is my favourite game for Easter.

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1. Put the picture book pages or flashcards on the board.
2. Before class put a number on the back of each card. On the back of two of them put a “Chocolate Monster”.
3. One team asks “Look in the grass. Is it in the grass?” etc.
4. Look on the back, the team gets that many Easter eggs.
5. But if the Chocolate Monster is there he eats all the Easter eggs ( points) they’ve collected so far!

Very cool game.

 

Colouring Easter Eggs: 
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Either real eggs or drawn on a piece of paper, shout out the colours to put on the egg.

Also good for names of shapes e.g. “Draw a red square”, “Draw an orange circle” etc.

 

 

Do you have a pink egg?
Try the “Do you have …?” game but have the kids collect different coloured Easter eggs.

 

How many eggs?:

Fill a big jar with mini Easter eggs and ask the kids how many are in the jar.

Great for big numbers!

Or you could use it for practising weights and measures, e.g. “How many grams do you think it is?”.

 

Prepositions Easter Egg Hunt: 

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Hide a real Easter egg somewhere in the classroom.

You ask the kids “Where’s the Easter egg?”.

The kids reply with “Is it under/on/near/next to the ….”.

You reply with “Warmer or Colder” depending on how near they are. The winner gets to keep the egg ( and share with their friends of course!).

Ninja Tip:  Try the Spider song with this game! :)

 

Broken Easter Eggs:

Try a similar game to the Valentine’s Broken Hearts game

But instead of broken hearts, have broken Easter Eggs!

 

Mido’s Super Egg Game:

Check it out here.

 

Plus ….

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All you amazing Genki English VIPs also get even more cool Easter ideas:

There’s the spot the difference sheets, great for animals and prepositions!

 

Page 31 of the Imagination Worksheets has a great Easter page,  you’ll be blown away with what the kids come up with!

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And do check out the huge new software update from last week!

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(If you bought the Teacher’s Set in the last week you already have this!  And thank you to all of you who did, it’s been an great to see so many of you this week! :)

Anyway, I think that’s enough for now.

I hope you have an awesome, amazing Genki Easter.

And don’t eat too much chocolate! :)

Be genki,

Richard


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7gemstoneOne of the biggest surprises in the workshop last week was that most of the teachers didn’t know how diamonds were made.

We were talking about shy students and I was showing them how we train the whole class to work as a team, working together to support every child, with super motivation.

(Hence the new “You’re on my team.” quote in the posters last week)

But one of the teachers said “I don’t like putting pressure on the students.  What if they cry?”

And I think that is the problem. :)

How did they get there?

Diamonds didn’t get formed by sitting there comfortably going unchallenged.

Diamonds started out as boring chunks of basically coal.

But then they got crushed, squashed with millions of tons of rock and pressure.

It’s that pressure that forms the brilliant structure of the diamond.

It’s just the same with humans too.

Sometimes we cry,  but crying is never a bad thing.

But just leave a student sitting there, skipping them over because “oh they’re shy” …..

Then they will  feel worthless.

Because the teacher thinks they can’t do it either.

That’s not what we do here.

Our job is to boost the kids up.

To gently, safely, apply the pressure to make them rise.

Not millions of tons, but always enough to move them up a level when we know they can.

And they always can. :)

Safe & Sound

The key, of course, is to offer them the cradle.

The super supportive atmosphere that allows them to take risks and not care if they fail.

To know that *all* their classmates are on their side, on their team.

That *everyone* is rooting for them to win.

In the presentation lessons (e.g. Superhero or Treasure Adventure)  we train the kids to always be listening.

If you’re not talking, you’re listening.

Attentively and supportively.

All the time.

To everyone.

So the “shy” child tries.

The other kids listen.

It’s quiet.

The teacher, down on the child’s eye level,  but still making eye contact with everyone else, asks them to try again.

And  they do, still softly.

You ask the class if they think the student can do it.

The other students say “of course!  You’re on our team!”

The student tries one more time.

Slowly, but surely,  miraculously they do it, and smile.

And then everyone  smiles.

Of course it takes time to get here, and you need all the discipline in place beforehand.

But this is how you make diamonds.

Properly placed pressure and never just skipping over.

Let’s not make lumps of coal.

Let’s help make our children become what they really are,  a sky full of shining, brilliant diamonds.

Be genki,

Richard


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My nephew’s school is covered with motivation quotes all over the wall.  (Nelson Mandela & Steve Jobs in primary school!)

Facebook is also full of amazing quotes but the English is quite tough.

I figured, why not make some easy Genki English ones for kids (or teachers!) ?

So I made you a set of posters featuring all the mantras and sayings I keep repeating in the workshops!

I think they’ll look pretty cool on your classroom walls?

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Do let me know what you think in the comments!

Any others you’d like to see made up?

P.S.  The winner of last month’s comment competition was ….. Jaione.    If you put a comment on any of the blog posts  you might win a Genki English download of your choice too    Vol. 13?  Advanced Genki English?  Genki Relax?  Or maybe even the learning Japanese pack?   I pick one winner at random each month!


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teacherbearSo far in this series I’ve concentrated on what’s called a “lifestyle business”  i.e.  where you work because it’s fun and whilst you still *have* to work you choose exactly who you teach,  how much time you spend on it and how much money you make from it.

If this sounds good to you,  aim for 120 students (15 classes a week)  in total, follow the tips and you’ll have made a wonderful job.

And you’ll still keep on doing what you love i.e. teaching.

It’s fun, pretty much stress free and this is what I recommend for most people.

 

Pay for your retirement?

Now … the only problem with this is that you have created yourself a job.

And when you stop working the income stops.

And, more importantly, all the kids have to go elsewhere to get a great education.

So you may be thinking about hiring other teachers so you can build your school, get more students and create your legacy.

(I know some teachers who started from zero and add hundreds of students each year.)

Fair enough.

If you want to go there it’s a great way to leverage what you have done and to take this from a “lifestyle business” to a real business that will live beyond yourself, maybe make you rich and quite possibly pay for a very nice retirement.

Just one word of advice here.

There is no middle ground.

Once you hire one teacher you will no longer be teaching.

You will be a manager.

Full time.

Believe me, it’s a slippery slope!

Personally I’d say, get to the 120 student level and enjoy making your difference in the world.

But if you do want to head down the rabbit hole and hire staff,  just how on Earth do you find amazing teachers for your school without all the heartache?

Well,  it can be easy if you know what to do.

I often cover this in the live workshops but…  would you also like me to talk about it here on the blog too?

No promises (this is valuable stuff!), but if you would like me to write up some tips then do let me know in the comments, and I’ll see what I can do.

Be genki,

Richard


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A pretty nice city eh? Only 90 mins from Seoul or Shanghai!

Thank you everyone for yesterday, it was fantastic to be back here!  And a special big thank you to everyone who asked requests and all those amazing questions.  I hope I managed to answer most of them for you.

Of course you can also email me with any follow up questions – especially those of you who are just starting your own schools – and I’ll actually be back in Fukuoka at the ACET teachers meeting next Sunday afternoon 13th April (Amikas Bld (Takamiya station)   So do pop along if you want to ask more questions or learn some great new ideas from all the amazing teachers there.

Ok, here’s what we did yesterday:

Pre-Class activity:  an activity on the board before class starts saves you weeks of class time over the year.

The Agreement: to get *everyone* participating!

Why Genki English Songs?  ( Twinkle, twinkle? )  &  Disco Warm Up:  Remember to Challenge!

To experience what the kids feel like:  Wie heisst du?   to get the input from the computer  then stopwatch game to get the output.

Photos from Africa, India & Russia:  We have nothing to complain about in Japan!

Curriculum efficiency  & the top 100 words of English (I’ll blog about this soon!):  Teach in sentences to cover grammar & the most common English words.

What’s your favourite sport?  leading into easy past tense with just one change of word + I like everything game ( my top no-prep game!)

Irregular Past with Baby Dinosaur

Request for Easter Egg Hunt,  Chocolate Monster game and Easter picture book!

Then it was lunchtime!

After lunch the the most popular request was Start your own school & get more students than you can imagine! - remember, your competition isn’t the cram schools, they sell a totally different product,  your competition is the government schools and they are doing a terrible job, parents are crying out for amazing teachers like yourself.  They just don’t know you are out there yet  - follow the tips and they will!   日本語版はこちら

Then everyone wanted to go through Genki Phonics.

And we livened things up a bit with I’m sorry song and the Superheros!

Wow, now that was a lot!   I hope your heads weren’t exploding too much, and thank you to everyone who came from Nagoya, Osaka, Nagasaki and Kagoshima – I hope you had a safe journey home!

As I say I’ll be back in Fukuoka next Sunday at the ACET teachers meeting (not presenting, I just go to learn new things myself!)  and I’ll also be around the city Starbucks doing computer work for the next few weeks if there’s any other help you need!


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