Ask Annie: ESL Teacher Training

QUESTION: I’ve been a primary, classroom teacher in Central Queensland and I”ve now taken on the role of ESL Co-ordinator. Where can I get training? ANNIE ANSWERS: As ESL Co-ordinator in a primary school, your role may include not only to teach those students from non-English speaking backgrounds but to advise your fellow teachers on […] Read More

5 Ways to Handle a Bully

It doesn’t matter whether it’s physical, psychological or even cyber. Bullying is a concern that we need to take very seriously. If you suspect your child is being bullied, talk with your child and make an appointment with the teacher or school principal to discuss your concerns. It is also important to encourage your child […] Read More

Choosing Autism Interventions

Did you see  Australian Story this evening? Parents, Ian and Nicole Rogerson say that when their son was diagnosed with Autism, they turned to the Internet for help. It really struck me, when Nicole said over the years (their son is now 13) they tried some doggy autism interventions, that parents may like some guidance […] Read More

Mind Movies for Confident Children

A powerful way for children to feel good about themselves is to tap into their subconscious mind. What do I mean by that? We all have that ‘little voice in our head’ that gives us messages right? This influences how we feel about ourselves and what we achieve. What we sometimes forget is that this […] Read More

Tell Your Child a Good Night Story

What is it about a good night story that appeals to children all over the world? We all know how deeply comforting it is to close your eyes at the end of the day with peace in your heart and hope for tomorrow. While a good night story can certainly help you achieve this, the […] Read More

Effective Listening

I often talk about the importance of  really listening to your child.  To me, really listening means actively and reflectively listening to what your child is saying. It sounds simple, doesn’t it? But, all too often as we listen, we quickly spin off into our own thoughts and interpret what we hear. Then we start […] Read More

Discover your child’s unique learning style

One of the easiest things you can to build your child’s self belief as a learner is to show them, “how they are smart”. To me, each child is unique.  Each have their own personality and interests and their own unique learning style. You can see  my “smarts” in the diagram. Answering a few simple […] Read More

Positive self-talk leads to self-confidence

A few minutes ago I listened to a post-match interview with Roger Federer at the Australian Open.   Federer had just defeated Andy Roddick and progressed to the final. One of Federer’s  first comments was how he played well because he had confidence. Self-confidence is the result of positive self-talk. How do we help our […] Read More

What fuels personal motivation?

If you have read my report on how to help your child become more motivated, you might also be interested in the following inspirational video. It features famous sportsmen and women, putting in effort everyday to reach their personal bests. Please leave a comment, either on the video, or to share what motivates your child, […] Read More

Best English Language Learning Websites

Here’s some of my favourite websites with excellent English Language Learning Resources Dave’s ESL Cafe One of the best comprehensive sites with interactive resources, bookstore, teaching ideas, links to ESL sites, job information and a discussion centre. English Club Very comprehensive British site for teachers and learners. Provides lesson plans, teacher forum, job centre, grammar, […] Read More