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!
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.
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.
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.