Preparing to Teach Online for the First Time

Preparing to Teach Online for the First Time

Written by Rose Lombard, a current Buddy at IQBar Online teaching is one of those topics that sound quite daunting at first, well; at least it did to me. I am an introvert, so this seemed like something very scary for me to do. It’s the fear of the unknown I guess, but boy am […]

Tip for Tuesday: Bloom’s Taxonomy

Tip for Tuesday: Bloom’s Taxonomy

“After forty years of intensive research on school learning in the United States as well as abroad, my major conclusion is: What any person in the world can learn, almost all persons can learn if provided with appropriate prior and current conditions of learning.” Benjamin Bloom, Developing Talent in Young People This month we’re taking […]

Tip for Tuesday: Phonics Terminology

Tip for Tuesday: Phonics Terminology

In preparation for our new phonics course released in the next few weeks, we’ll be dedicating Tip for Tuesday to explaining and exploring the content. This week we’re looking at the specific terminology to be used during sessions to make sure Buddies are using the same language across sessions to help Breadies familiarise with the […]

Educational Theory of the Month – Edward De Bono’s Thinking Hats

Educational Theory of the Month – Edward De Bono’s Thinking Hats

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” De Bono If you’ve ever heard the saying ‘put your thinking cap on’, you’ve heard the inspiration for De Bono’s pivotal theory, the Six Thinking Hats. A consultant and educator, De Bono’s theory has been instructive in how […]

Meet the Team – Lauren, Our Mock Session Coordinator!

Meet the Team – Lauren, Our Mock Session Coordinator!

Hi everyone! My name is Lauren and I am the new Mock Coordinator here at IQBar. I look after new Buddies that have completed their classroom training, booking them in for their mock sessions, and guiding them through this part of the training. I was an ESL teacher for almost 6 years in South Korea, […]

Tip for Tuesday: SMART Targets

Tip for Tuesday: SMART Targets

You may have heard this term bandied around in education circles or in IQBar’s chat group, but what are SMART targets and how can you use them to help your students? SMART targets are a way of making sure your student is progressing at the right pace for them with manageable, easily mapped progress. This […]

IQBar Update – The Bett Show & What to Expect in 2019

IQBar Update – The Bett Show & What to Expect in 2019

 The Bett Show 2019 Last week IQBar once again attended the Bett Show held in London. The four-day event is the perfect opportunity for educators and technology developers to get together and explore the most up-to-date and engaging methods in education. We were particularly impressed with the displays in the FS Section this year. Consisting […]

#TipForTuesday: How to Mark Your Sessions if They’re Not ‘Complete’

#TipForTuesday: How to Mark Your Sessions if They’re Not ‘Complete’

We’ve all been there. You’ve waited for 18 minutes and you’re thinking your Bready isn’t going to enter – but suddenly the little chat box pops up with a new notification and the crackling sound of the speaker comes to life. You have a student directly after so unfortunately the class can only run for […]

#TipforTuesday – British or American English?

#TipforTuesday – British or American English?

The English language is spoken by approximately 1.5 billion people around the world. Often referred to as the global language, English finds itself localised, colloquialised, mixed in with native tongues and absorbing words from other languages. A bit of a mongrel language, English is made up of German, Latin, French, and a whole host of […]

Educational Theory of the Month – Piaget– schemas/schemata

Educational Theory of the Month – Piaget– schemas/schemata

Continuing with our monthly exploration of educational psychology, for January we are shifting our focus to Jean Piaget, the Swiss psychologist whose research centred on psychological and moral development. His work on schemas has been hugely influential in education and is a great way to make sure Breadies have a grounded and developed understanding of […]