My Place in History

My place in history is a free web-based program providing interactive activities and resources which place history in context with each student’s own family background.My place in history


Encouraging our students to write

We love to celebrate the words our students write at Canterbury Girls’ Secondary College. As teachers, you know how fabulous it is when a student crafts a piece of writing that makes you laugh out loud, subtly hints at a greater truth about life, lingers in your mind because of its eloquence, or powerfully evokes your senses because of a masterful grafting of words and sentences. =>

Exhausted from organising and directing students? The Daily Five

The Daily Five

Gail Boushey

Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining, and directing students on a daily basis? If so, you’ll want this book ….

Exhausted from organising and directing students? The Daily Five

The Daily Five

Gail Boushey

Do you love teaching but feel exhausted from the energy you expend cajoling, disciplining, and directing students on a daily basis? If so, you’ll want this book ….

Stress Management Tips for Teachers

The process of stress management is one of the keys for teachers to have a successful professional life. Although professional life provides numerous demands that can provide difficulties to handle, stress management provides a number of ways to manage anxiety. A number of stress situations which teachers have to face are: children negative attitude towards study, little authority to carry out their responsibilities, too heavy a work load, feel dissatisfaction of the conflicting demands of the colleagues and pupils, unfamiliar of the evaluation method of teaching and tutorial work, poor working conditions i.e., badly constructed building with inadequate sound proofing, high noise level and lower level of expenditures on educational equipment.

Fortunately there are a lot of stress management techniques which are helpful for teachers to improve their performance. Here are some stress management tips.

1. Avoid over work, particularly when tired

2. Maintain social contacts outside the educational institutions

3. Think positively (how can I do it better next time) rather than negatively (that was terrible, I’d better quit)

4. Learn quickly by mistakes

5. Good communication with other staff particularly those with whom you work most closely

6. Do not get the points where you dislike the students

7. Calm analysis of the lessons

8. Firmer guidelines on exactly how to deal with learners who misbehave

9. Have lessons as well prepared as possible

10. Learn how to say “no”: Refuse to accept added responsibilities

11. Refuse people who stress you out: If someone consistently causes stress in your life and you can not turn the
relationship around, limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely

12. Take control of your environment: If the evening news makes you anxious, turn the T.V off. If going to market is an unpleasant chore, do your grocery shopping online.

13. Avoid hot button topics: If you get upset over religion or politics, cross them off your conversation lists, stop bringing it up or excuse yourself when it is the topic of discussion.

14. Pare down your to-do list: Analyze your schedule, responsibilities and daily tasks. Avoid to being involved in too many extra-curricular activities. Distinguish between the “should” and the “must”.

15. Express your feelings instead of bottling them up

16. Do not try to control the uncontrollable: Many things in our life are beyond our control, particularly the behavior of other people. Rather than stressing out over them, focus on the things you can control such as the way you choose to react the problems.

17. Lastly, look for the upside: As the saying goes, “what does not kill us, makes us stronger”. When facing major challenges, try to look at them as opportunities for personal growth.

Following these tips will help you greatly to reduce the stress and improve the professional performance.


Author: Sumera Kulsoom

How do you teach a student to learn?

You can teach a student a lesson for a day; but if you can teach him to learn by creating curiosity, he will continue the learning process as long as he lives.

~Clay P. Bedford

The Importance of Creativity in Modern Teaching

The question whether formal education and the degrees associated with it is more a matter of concern or whether the all round development of the child and being a complete human is every aspect is more important is an ongoing debate that have set parents and teachers alike thinking.

However, it has been agreed that a formal education and degree is what it takes to build a successful career and there are few experimental people who dare not to pursue formal studies and set out on their own. On the other hand, too much of studying and technicalities have indeed reduced the perception powers of the students to the brighter and more beautiful things of life. Modern researchers are now indeed stressing that new ways of teaching should be invented so that the young minds blossom into individuals who are aware of everything that life has to offer, instead of just being contended individuals with fat paychecks.

For this it is essential that the taste of the child should be developed from the very start. Therefore, for the kids of kindergarten, colorful storybooks should also accompany the schoolbooks. If they are reading a children’s story instead of just reading out the moral, make the students enact it in a little classroom skit.

It does not have to be anything big, but enacting it out will serve the two-fold purpose of driving the message home as well us involve the children in-group activities which will teach them how to work and perform in a group. Singing or performing a task together also helps in improving the coordination among the children.

Tasks like hand painting and collage introduces them to new textures and ideas whereas the older children should not only be restricted to doing things just for themselves but also for others.

So if they are making a drawing, tell them to make something for old men and women or for underprivileged children. By this, from the very childhood they will imbibe the feeling of sharing and doing something for the happiness of others. This is because being creative does not only mean to be able to do beautiful things. That is more of a question of talent. Rather, it means to improve the faculties.

If the children are learning about the importance of plants and trees, then teach them gardening in simple terms. Like watering the plants or taking out a weed or two. Touching and feeling and actually performing the task leaves a greater impression on the child, rather than just reading from a book and knowing nothing about what the actual thing looks like.


By Jacob Bainton

For more information on Creativity and education, check out the info available online; these will help you learn to find the Creative learning!

How to speak – lecture tips


In this skillful lecture, Professor Patrick Winston of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers tips on how to give an effective talk, cleverly illustrating his suggestions by using them himself. He emphasizes how to start a lecture, cycling in on the material, using verbal punctuation to indicate transitions, describing “near misses” that strengthen the intended concept, and asking questions. He also talks about using the blackboard, overhead projections, props, and “how to stop.”    =>

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Fiction Activities for The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

… included in this package are links to:

Post-reading writing prompt.
Summary, vocabulary, and multiple post-reading activities, including discussion questions
Interview with John Boyne (writer) & Mark Herman (director)
Pupils’ notes 
Scheme of work and 15 lesson plans
Contemporary writers: Essential reading skills
“Any novel” differentiated unit
Novel study

Summary and support for pre-reading, during reading, and after reading.
Summary, author biography, criticism, and 12 discussion questions.
Unit Overview
Lesson plans & resources for teaching
(Free registration)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas-Teacher Guide
8 lesson plans
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Unit
Scheme of Work, lesson plans and pathways
Multicultural Unit on WWII
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Vocab

Normal price is $5.75 – Member’s price $5.18.