As I've learnt a lot this summer I've decided to introduce some changes to my lessons and I did it from day one of this school year. I've actually decided to try out everything I feel might be useful, so this is actually my first step of putting theory into practice.
The change my students have grown very fond of is asking them "How do you feel about learning today?". They don't even wait for me to ask anymore, they just show me with their thumbs or tell me. It really is a great way to start a lesson, because they get the chance to let all of the distractions go and warn me if there's something I can help with or need to take into consideration. As there is only 45 minutes to a lesson, the best way to approach this is by a quick survey. And here are some ways of how you can approach it:
- A SHOW OF THUMBS: thumbs up for great, in the middle for so-so, thumbs down for not well.
- A SHOW OF FINGERS: give yourself a grade from 1 to 10.
- DOODLES: draw something that represents how you feel - you can limit this to an animal, a plant, a film character, a cartoon character, a monster, or a household object,
- MELODIES: Pick a song or a tune which represents how you feel and sing it or whistle it (noise risk factor to be taken into consideration!!)
- CALLING OUT EMOTIONS: This is great if you've just done adjectives about feelings, you or a student might call out words for emotions and people sit down when their emotional state is named. This is good for developing empathy as the one calling out words needs to think about others.
- STRIKE A POSE: This one's primarily for young learners and only, and just maybe, for very open teenagers. Show how you feel by miming it or striking a pose.
- JUST ASK THEM: It's pretty obvious. But don't insist on everyone sharing, some things are private.
Finally, it's a good idea to ask yourself the same question about teaching - just so you know where you stand and if there's something you could do for yourself to feel better.
Maybe this was more of a Monday post, but I wanted to finish the week on a positive note.
Now I'll go home and rest. Monday's a very BIG day.
Love to all,