This is seriously the best Chinese language learning site I've come across yet. Learn by watching engaging Youtube videos in a platform that shows a choice of characters, pinyin and English. Streamlines vocab building, offers games and SRS for better memory retention, and categorizes videos by level of difficulty. The content is all authentic, as opposed to the overly scripted textbooks.
To support Carol Dweck's Growth Mindset, employ the concept of The Learning Pit into the classroom. The challenge concept is set. Through investigation some students begin to emerge out of the pit. They work to help others out of the pit, re-questioning their own knowledge at the same time. https://vimeo.com/128462566
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown below.