Teacher Talk Time

Teacher Talk Time

As ESL teachers following the immersive method, we have 3 main goals when helping our students learn English: 1. To help our students reach their language goals Being more skilled in speaking will in turn help our students become better readers and writers. Overall, they will be better at communicating in all areas in their […]

A Whole New World: Working from Home

A Whole New World: Working from Home

Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) has come crashing into everyone’s lives like Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, we have all had to adjust to a new way of living. Gone are the days of packing yourself into a train carriage, trying your best not to resemble a Sardine on your daily commute. No more water cooler […]

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

The great 20th-century poet T.S. Eliot put it perfectly. ‘Prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.’ This sums up the teaching profession brilliantly – when we teach, who really are we? What kind of masks do we wear?  Your teaching persona can make a huge difference to the way you are perceived […]

5 Ways To Improve Your Reviews

5 Ways To Improve Your Reviews

Today, I’m going to teach you how to play a C major chord on the guitar. With the index finger on your left hand, press down the second thinnest string at the first metal fret. Then with your middle finger, the fourth thinnest at the second fret, and finally, with your ring finger, the second […]

The effective online classroom: 7 tips for engaging Breadies online.

The effective online classroom: 7 tips for engaging Breadies online.

Building an effective interactive classroom is one of the biggest challenges that all online educators face. How do we breach the digital divide, and create an interactive, proactive and unique learning environment tailored to meet the needs of every Bready, consistently lesson after lesson? According to Faculty Focus.com, elearningindustry.com and various subject matter experts including […]

Tip for Tuesday: Where to Find the Right Resources

Tip for Tuesday: Where to Find the Right Resources

This month, IQBar is celebrating Buddy independence by highlighting exactly where to find resources, who to contact if needing to relay information, and adding extra learning resources. Independence at work has been proven to increase work satisfaction as you take matters into your own hands, rather than having to sit and wait for answers or […]

Midweek Refresh – Homework

Midweek Refresh – Homework

Homework, how do you feel when you hear that word? Does it send you back to being a kid at school again and the inward groan when homework is set? Do you think about your own children and the help they’ll need this evening when they sit down to get it done? Or is it […]

Tip for Tuesday – Behavioural Management: Assertive Discipline

Tip for Tuesday – Behavioural Management: Assertive Discipline

“No student should ever prevent a teacher from teaching or keep another student from learning” Lee Cantor Misbehaviour. One of the most dreaded parts of being a Buddy, classroom teacher, or parent. How to discipline can be a minefield, particularly when it is not your own child and you have to assert your authority, gain […]

Tip for Tuesday – Using Teams

Tip for Tuesday – Using Teams

We’re excited to announce that today we’ll be shifting all IQBar communication to Microsoft Teams! Teams will be replacing Wechat and a number of other apps we currently use to become our centralised communication hub. Within the new platform, each Buddy will be given a personalised IQBar email which all notifications will be sent to, […]

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Pretty soon after teaching my first online lesson I realised there is quite a lot to consider. Online teaching is a lot like standard classroom teaching as it comes with a number of challenges and struggles. I learnt that I needed to adapt rather quickly and definitely had to brush up on quite a few […]