Author Archives: Miss Cairns

About Miss Cairns

Secondary MFL teacher from North West England

Top 5 tips to encourage Spontaneous Talk in the MFL classroom

It seems like the ultimate challenge for the MFL teacher is to plan and create opportunities for spontaneous talk to occur in the target language. Greg Horton has developed Group Talk – ‘an award winning project to encourage students of … Continue reading

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How to make the most of your time in the classroom

Flipping The Classroom I first came across the idea of ‘Flipping the classroom’ after watching a TED talk by Salman Khan who presented how you could use videos to flip maths classes. Flipping the classroom means the students do (what … Continue reading

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Google Docs in the Classroom Top 10 tips

Google Docs You have probably heard of Google Docs but have you ever used one in your class, made one yourself or embedded one on your school VLE?! If the answer is no, here are a few reasons how you … Continue reading

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How to Blog your School Trip – 5 easy steps

Otherwise known as a moblog, mobile blogging has two meanings -to update your blog on a mobile device and/or to update your blog on the move. In April 2013 I ran my first trip abroad with 40 students and 4 staff. … Continue reading

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Textivate your text

Textivate is a website that allows teachers or students to make interactive games from chunks of text. Great for MFL controlled assessment practise where they can use examples of paragraphs to practise key phrases. Students can cut and paste paragraphs up to 500 words … Continue reading

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Droplr – sharing files via a web link

Firstly a huge thank you to Joe Dale who suggested this idea via twitter after I asked for a way to share audio files on my blog. Muchas gracias :) A new place to drop it. Droplr is a website where you upload … Continue reading

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Ofsted course notes

Hi all, I went on an Ofsted course Tue 20.11.12 which was run by Andrew Langdon. Aimed at Middle managers – Observing staff under the new September 2012 criteria Here are the Key points: Think about the impact rather than the teaching … Continue reading

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Let the Quizzes begin!

Quizlet.com is amazing! By far the best free website for practising and learning vocabulary that I’ve found so far. I am a big believer in the power of games to transform the way students learn and this is the best … Continue reading

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Augmenting your classroom

Aurasma – better than a QR code! I know I’m a bit of an ICT geek when I get excited about the potentials of augmented reality in the classroom!! I had seen this before last year when people first began … Continue reading

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Make your own website!

Top 8 tips to making your own student website: One of my favourite and probably most useful resources I’ve made so far is my own student ‘website’. I know there’s the VLE and that has it has its place but … Continue reading

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