Flowers and brushes representing a spring clean.

Teacher Tip – Why You Should Spring Clean Your Repertoire


Spring has officially sprung, and while that means warmer days and new blossoms, it also means it’s March. For many teachers, March is the hump day of the academic year, when we’re already exhausted and…

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a picture of a tambourine. simple percussion instruments can be a great way to coordinate your class.

Teacher Tip – Use Instruments to Coordinate Your Class!


Getting your class to follow instructions can be a real time suck! Half of your teaching time can be taken up by asking students to sit down or dealing with student disruptions. We’ve already talked…

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Poop Sandwich

Teacher Tip – How to Tactfully Offer Constructive Criticism with a Poop Sandwich


Criticism is always difficult to deliver tactfully and constructively but Silly Fish Learning founder, Rebecca Humphries was given a great piece of advice by an old colleague that really stuck in her mind… thanks to…

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Non-verbal communication

Teacher Tip – How Non-Verbal Communication Can Streamline Your Class


  There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to teach your class and getting constant interruptions. It’s important to encourage your students to ask questions but too many interruptions can disrupt the flow of the class…

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Learning Names

Teacher Tip – Five Strategies for Learning Names


Working with a new class can be tricky, especially when you don’t know the students’ names! Silly Fish creator, Rebecca Humphries will be working with a new group tomorrow. Below she gives her best strategies…

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Team

Teacher Tip – Why You Should Let Your Cast Take Care of Each Other


Last month, Prague Youth Theatre performed their end of term shows including Sweet and Sour: The Odd Gummy Bear, an original script by Silly Fish Learning founder, Rebecca Humphries. The 6-8 year old cast did a wonderful…

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Demonstrating a crocodile to the PYT Tots

Teacher Tip – Why Acting is Essential to Youth Theatre Directing


Last week I was directing my 11 and 12 year old actors at Prague Youth Theatre to act like animals. The scene in question requires all of the actors to be ridiculous. The whole point is…

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Paper props at PYT. Notice the actors playing chairs.

Teacher Tip – Should You Use Props In a Youth Theatre Production?


When directing a new play with children, I always have a huge debate with myself about whether or not using props is a good idea. Let’s weigh up some pros and cons… Pro: it adds…

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Action Text

Teacher Tip – How to Direct Text Using Actions


Working with young actors can be tricky at the best of times, but when dealing with a lot of text, things can get extra complicated. We’ve given our tips for line learning before, but today…

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Vocabulary Building

Teacher Tip – Why You Shouldn’t Dumb-down Your Vocabulary


One of my personal pet hates as a teacher is listening to adults speaking to children like they’re idiots. They’re not idiots, they’re children. While speaking slowly and clearly can be a valuable way to…

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