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I Have Zombies for Students!!! 3 ways to keep students engaged in large classes Jasmine and Jackie
Disclaimers! • ESID • Be good students • Save questions for the end, please!
Teacher Oriented The Challenge: Teacher Oriented Some classes may put focus on teachers talking and students listening. This can lead to too much Teacher Talking Time (TTT). The problem with this… • Boring • Student Talking Time
The Activity: Shouting Jig Saw Teacher Oriented How I love to stand and shout in English! far away KEEP TALKING UNTIL WE SAY STOP 1. Hello; Name; Home Country 2. TTT reduction tip 3. Favorite things [Cute Celebrities, Food, Musicians, Languages, Cartoons, etc.]
Teacher Oriented Partner Rotation! Partner Rotation blows my mind!!! CLOCKWISE
Repeat! Teacher Oriented How I love to stand and shout in English! KEEP TALKING UNTIL WE SAY STOP 1. Hello; Name; Home Country 2. TTT reduction tips 3. Favorite things [Cute Celebrities, Food, Musicians, Languages, Cartoons, etc.]
Teacher Oriented Final Notes: How to Reduce TTT • Simplify activities / instructions • Use consistent gestures • Use visual aids • Make students the teachers • Personalize interactions Plan ahead
Small Classrooms Working with Small Classrooms We’ve all been there… 40 students, 40 desks, 40 chairs PLUS A million knapsacks, blankets, bentos, umbrellas, gym bags, textbooks and comic books! • Problems: • It’s hard to move around • It separates the students from the teachers • Students are “hidden”
Small Classrooms Desk Arrangement … … … I can ask my friends for help! … Let’s work together, yay! • Pair work: • Moving a small distance makes a big difference • Students benefit from working together • Small groups: • Relaxes class atmosphere • - But try to keep an eye on group dynamics (boy/girl ratio)
Small Classrooms Move Anyway! Students Everything Else Pass papers around Mix up partnerswithout moving Move YOURSELF! • Have students stand when practicing dialogs or key expressions, allow them to sit only when finished (motivation!) • Plan warm-ups and activities that involve movement Good morning, class!
Small Classrooms Activity • On the slip of paper, write 1 of the following: • A way to get kids moving during a boring lesson • An active game/warm-up • A good way to organize your classroom • A tip for working with big classes/small rooms Then wait for instructions!
Drill Oriented The Challenge: Repetition Heavy The problem with this… • Robot-mode Some classes may put focus on practicing specific vocabulary, grammar, or dialog… with no time for fluff.
Drill Oriented Lady Gaga: Hello! Crazy Bananas: Hi. What do you do after school? Lady Gaga: I go to tea ceremony club. It is relaxing. Crazy Bananas: Really? Cool! How often do you go? Lady Gaga: I go about three times a week. Crazy Bananas: Well, nice talking to you. Lady Gaga: See you! Crazy Bananas: See you! Tips Picture Competition Step 1: Complete question #1-5 Step 2: Check with a teacher Step 3: Draw a head on the board **Repeat for other questions, gradually drawing a complete body. • Plan ahead. • Infuse random fun. • Colors / Funny Names • Competition • Standing • Wall posters • Dialog jumping, gestures, miming JUMPING! MIMING! GESTURES!
Drill Oriented The Activity: Crazy High-5s Up High, Down Low Exploding Pound High-5 1. Write your opinions/comments/questions 2. Find a NEW partner. Sit down together. Plan ahead and Infuse random fun colors/funny names competition standing wall posters dialog jumping, gestures, miming 3. Talk. 4. When told, do the explained high-5. 5. Find a NEW partner and repeat!
Don’t Forget… 2-Move 1-Stop Talking 3-Be random and fun