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I’m snowed under with marking, reports and grades at the moment. So here’s 5 ideas which helped me procrastinate, which you may like to try tomorrow…
Target Language Answers
How do your pupils respond at the end of starters, reading activities, listening activities? I’ve started getting my classes to use the following:
- creo que es …A,B,C etc
- pienso que es
- podría ser …
- Estoy seguro que es …
It’s a simple way of drilling in key phrases and it keeps the lesson in the target language. I thought it might slow things down but it hasn’t. Even better is that students are using them and they are appearing in their work.
Such a simple thing but so versatile. Get a set of 6 sided or 10/12 sided dice. Try any of the following:
1 me gustaría trabajar con animales
2 mi amigo le gustaría trabajar en una oficina
3 mi profesor debería trabajar como domador de leones
4 no me gustaría trabajar al aire libre
5 mi mama debería trabajar con la gente
6 mi papa debería trabajar como profesor
1 Give an opinion about … using ich denke, dass
2 Give an opinion about .. using gefallen
3 Give an opinion about … and add a weil clause
4 Give an opinion about … using gern
5 Give an opinion about …. that adds a sentence in another tense
6 Give an opinion about … using meiner Meinung nach
Or vocabulary revision
1/2 Partner names 5 words on topic of …
3/4 Partner gives 5 adjectives on topic of …
5/6 Partner gives 5 verb phrases on topic of…
or create your own…
“Hide your whiteboards.”
The credit for this one goes entirely to a trainee teacher who gets better and better with every lesson. She insists that students keep mini-whiteboards under their chins once they have written and then they raise them on her instruction. Copying other people is one of my pet hates and this eliminates it and also forces the “less motivated” (bone idle) to work harder and produce something or it’s really obvious.
Our school has introduced DIRT time. One pupil suggested it be called “time for improvement, reflection and development” but then realised that “TIRD” had a slightly unappealing ring to it. During that time, my focus needs to be on the students with genuine questions about how to improve their work. The rest need to get on. These mats are editable and really easy to adapt. Despite the fact they are aimed at KS1 and KS2 they can be adapted and used with all years. My experience so far is that the younger years like the Pixar one and my 10s & 11s feel that the force is strong with the Star Wars versions.
Hands up listening
This came courtesy of Nick Mair on a course. It is incredibly versatile and quite effective in terms of assessing the skill of listening. It also shows you who your best listeners are.
The teacher talks in the target language. Students have 3 options: left hand , right hand, both hands. You assign something to each hand. Maybe it is “opinion”, “reason”, “two tenses used”. Or “sensible”, “idiotic”, “mixed”.
Here are two examples using Mira 1, which would lead to students putting both hands up.
- “En mi casa hay un salón, un comedor y una cocina. Había un baño en el jardín.”
- “En mi casa hay un salón, un comedor, una cocina y un baño. Arriba hay un dormitorio, el dormitorio de mis padres y el dormitorio de mi tortuga.”
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