Cinderella Game & How to motivate children who just aren’t into learning English?

How to motivate students who just aren’t into learning English?

For younger kids ….

With younger kids, if you’ve got their attention then sometimes just bringing in the computer to class is all you need.

When you add in the songs & games the biggest problem is often how to get them *out* of the classroom!

For older kids ….

And for older kids, 6th grade and above,  the computers really help but  you also need to give them a more solid reason.

I usually do this by simply asking them what they want to do for a living.

What is their dream life?

Invariably in this day and age to be world class at anything, whether it’s to become a welder or a CEO, a farmer or a rockstar, a world class loomband maker or superhero vegetable means you’ll need English.  (Well, maybe not for the vegetables 🙂


And very often, this is all it takes.

The kids have just never seen the simple link between the English they are learning in class and their big dream.

Once you show them, very often, they’re hooked!

And for those in between ….  The Cinderella Game
golidlocks sleepOr if you have kids somewhere in between, this fantastic idea from Moza might help get them thinking about their dreams…

1- Show them a video about Cinderella when the fairy makes her wish come true  (or Harry Potter when Hagrid first meets him, or Star Wars where they first meet Anakin) . Then ask the kids some questions about it.

2- Tell them that this fairy is coming to our school to make your daydreams come true too.

3- Give each student a star to write her daydream and what she is going to be .

4- Stick a magic wand on the wall and put all of their stars around it so they could see it every day.

I’m sure you have at least one class who would love this! 🙂

Be genki,


P.S.   You still need dreams too, of course. You’ve got your dream job of being an amazing Genki English teacher, but how far do you want to take it?


Richard Graham

Hello, I'm Richard Graham. And when I was a kid I found school to be sooooo boring... So I transformed my way of teaching. I listened to what the kids were really wanting to say and taught it in ways they really wanted to learn. The results were magical. So I'm sharing it all with you now...

3 Responses to “Cinderella Game & How to motivate children who just aren’t into learning English?”

  1. angelo

    Thanks for this tip richard. Your tricks are really a big help for teachers.. cinderella game is a good way to motivate students. Thanks again.. kudos!!

  2. Oksana

    In my case, things are different – younger kids have dreams and usually know what they want to be, while older kids have no idea. Well, actually, they seem to have no imagination at all 🙁

  3. Lisselotte Pedreros

    Fantastic idea! I will practice from the very first day of class. Thank you for this new thoughts…Regards from Chile.

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