Friday, October 12, 2012

Your Help is Needed!

If you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you'll know that my sister and her boyfriend just began teaching English to children in China. They'll be there for a year!

They've only had limited experience working with small children, so here's where you come in. What would you say is the most valuable classroom management technique you've learned when working with children. I'd like to hear from everyone: teachers, librarians, moms are all invited! 

I learned early on that I needed to have a way to get the wiggles out before we began. I always warm up with a wiggly and loud song like "If You're Happy and You Know It" and get them focused with a quieter song like "Open, Shut Them".

Also, if anyone has ever lived in a foreign country, we'd like to know any tricks you have for adapting to a new culture (i.e. dealing with new food, mannerisms, etc).

Thank you in advance!

Here are some pictures she's posted of classrooms at the school. They're so cute! Try not to be too jealous.


  1. I've never lived in China, but I have lived in Japan. If any of my experiences might help your sister, I'd be glad to answer her questions.

  2. I start with a song and dancing, too, then I go right into some basic yoga moves to settle them down and get them settled. We do cat/cow with the noises, and child's pose and make baby sounds.