Tongue twisters are a fun way to start the class or to give students a mental break during the lesson. They are silly by nature and usually don’t make any sense at all which allows you to use them to practice pronunciation while having a good laugh!
Part of the Teaching Tool Thursdays Series I am always searching for new games that can engage and motivate English Language Learners. A few weeks ago, fellow teacher, Hannah R. and I were discussing the games we were playing in…
Magnified pictures are one of my newest favorite activities to start class and generate discussion. I have been using magnified pictures with students 8 and up, including teens. As long as students have an A1+ speaking level, you can use these images to generate discussion.
With the current worldwide pandemic, many 1:1 lessons have transitioned to online delivery. Suddenly, may teachers are faced with figuring out the various platforms for communication while also adapting lessons and content to the online environment. I would encourage us to look at this an opportunity to take advantage of technology that can make our classes more fun and motivating for students.
Every teacher has had lessons which didn’t quite go as planned. Whether the computer isn’t working, the students sped through the content you planned, they simply hated an activity and you had to move on, or you forgot to bring an important item, having some Plan Bs (and Cs and Ds) in your pocket are essential. Some activities also have a variation that can be used in online teaching environments.
Drawize is a free drawing and guessing game available both online and as an APP for Android and IOS. The best feature is that you can create a private room and invite your students. Private rooms also offer the option to set a custom list of vocabulary words that will appear during your game.
Classroom management can be one of the most challenging and yet essential pieces of creating successful learning environment. Today’s Teaching Trick is how to use “Attention-Getters” to recapture students’ attention. These catchy phrases can be used anytime you want students to refocus and are especially useful when students are getting noisy or off task.