Chuck and I are going to be leading a webinar this week for teachers of very young learners. It’s really exciting for us to do this and share ideas with teachers. If you’d like to join us, just follow the link to sign up. 

Dates: 25th and 28th September 2013

Times: 12:00 – 13:00 and 07:00 – 08:00 (BST)

Speakers: Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina

 This webinar draws on content from the Magic Time course.
  • What are Multiple Intelligences?
  • How can I use Multiple Intelligence strategies with my young learners?
  • How can I bring my lessons to life with big pictures, picture cards, songs, chants, and movement?
  • How does a good kindergarten course differentiate learning so that all my students are successful?

Join Magic Time authors, Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina to learn practical answers to these questions and find out more about giving every child in your class the chance to learn English – and enjoy it!

Here’s the link!


Celebrate success! CCBA . . . Catch Children Being Amazing!

DotTeachers have regular opportunities to observe classroom behavior.  Bad behavior can be disruptive, of course.  However, when we focus on our students’ successes and describe the great things they are doing, we can create a positive classroom culture that minimizes bad behavior.  Chuck and I call this strategy CCBA — Catch Children Being Amazing!

Here’s what to do when you catch a child being amazing:

1.  Refer to the student by name.  

2.  Name the task that the student is doing.

3.  Describe the behavior that you want other students to notice and imitate.

For example: 

I see that Natalia and Carlos have opened their books and are already writing their stories.

I see Mariko making a big ‘M’ using her whole body.  At first she made a small ‘m’ with her fingers, but now she thought of another idea.  

I can hear Jiwoo singing all of the words to our song.  She is pointing to the picture cards, too.

Students work harder when they know that their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed.  Celebrate your class successes with this chant.  Songs and chants help build a positive classroom atmosphere.  This celebration chant really builds team spirit!
We Did It!

(from Magic Time, by Kathleen Kampa and Charles Vilina, © Oxford University Press 2012)

We did it!  We did it!  We did it today!

We did it!  We did it!  Hip, hip hooray!