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Japanese Montessori style kindergarten designed by architect Takaharu Tezuka where kids roam free

I taught English for a number of years at this kindergarten designed by renowned architect Takaharu Tezuka. An amazing place to be as a student. A challenge as a teacher when kids are allowed to roam freely, but once you become accustomed to the lifestyle and ethos it is an amazing place to be.

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Recommended Technology for Teacher Librarians


A selection of great gear that I have actually purchased and use regularly in my library. I highly recommend the Fuji Instax camera !

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Don't Squeal Unless It's a BIG DEAL

Classroom behaviour management.

Update: August 22nd 2015.

I see that there is a book of the same title available from Amazon:

Book - Don't squeal unless it's a big deal

Amazon: In this highly entertaining story for young children, kids will learn...

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Behavior Management - Cool Down Cubes

Cool down cubes

I saw this wonderful idea in Pinterest. It caught my attention as a nice straightforward, stand alone solution to behavior management.

I am very interested to know how you would use this in class. It looks a great idea, but I would like some input from someone who has used this successfully or indeed unsuccessfully.

To make this you will need


Ensure that children can reach into easily, and not break the jar it falls to the floor.

This is how I envisage myself implementing this in class

  • I create a tub of cool down cubes as seen in the picture.
  • When I see a child with known behavioral issues becoming stressed or agitated, I place this on their desk.
  • The student then takes a cube and carries out the recommended action.
  • Hopefully over time the student becomes familiar with all the suggestions on the cubes, and is able to calm themselves down without it.

Positives that I can see of this system include...

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How not to loose dice in a classroom

This is one of those ideas that is so obvious when you see it you will wonder why it never occurred to you before from Patricias Easy Peezie Lemon Squeeze Blog.
We use dice for a variety of activities in my K3 class. Rolling dice is always fun. And so is “accidentally” rolling them so hard they bounce off the table and disappear under a shelf or cupboard never to be seen again. This solves that problem. It is simply a sealed plastic container that is large enough to allow the dice to roll about freely inside. As it is a clear case the numbers can easily be seen. Use a slightly larger container for two dice. Full details at Patricias Easy Peezie Lemon Squeeze Blog.
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Author: Hi, I’m Tim from The Magic Crayons. I am a GradDipT, CELTA, and CELTYL qualified Primary and Kindergarten Teacher from the UK working at a Tokyo International School as an English Language Support teacher (ELS/EFL). IT Integration Specialist, and Teacher Librarian. This blog reflects my Graduate Diploma in Teaching studies with the University of South Queensland, Australia, PD, and ICT in the classroom interests. I create all the artwork and videos for the teaching materials within this website. New products and special offers will be announced here first. Everything I post is about products or services that I have tried in my own classes.
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