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First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices

First Class Ice Breakers Using Mobile Devices
I previously wrote about the importance of beginning a class focusing on the learners in the room as opposed to the content to be covered in Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content. Most classes, starting with about middle school, begin the school year with reviewing the content to be covered, expectations regarding grades, and other academic information provided by the teacher or instructor. The human or social element is often disregarded.What is interesting is that most learners enter the classroom wondering who is in the course. They want to know about the teacher and the people in the class not what material is to be covered. All of my classes, regardless of student age or demographics – elementary gifted students or graduate students, begin with ice-breakers and team-building activities. What follows are several of the mobile-driven ice-breakers I recently used in an undergraduate course on Interpersonal Relations. Cell Sharing Question Selector Like this: Related:  ActivitiesSpeaking

Elimination games with young learners | Super Simple Learning Blog ♫ One potato, two potatoes… ♫ Many of us remember playing elimination games like Musical Chairs and Simon Says when we were young. These are games where you start with a group, and each round, one or more players is “out” and eliminated from the game. As you get closer and closer to the end of the game, the tension builds, and it can be a lot of fun (and beneficial for young learners). However, for some very young learners, these kinds of elimination games can be very upsetting. There are a few ways to handle this. 1) Demonstrate how to “lose” positively If you do play a game where participants get eliminated, be sure, as the leader, to eliminate yourself first. 2) Make getting “out” fun When a child does get eliminated in the game, give her a high five, let her sit in a special chair, make a silly noise, maybe even give her a sticker. 3) Eliminate the elimination For very young learners, often there is no need to have a winner or any sense of competition to make the activity fun.

First Lesson Ideas | ELT Experiences It has been a while since I was off from blogging, with the occasional teacher interview. I needed a well-deserved break from writing for a while and have decided to write this post about first lessons after participating with a recent ELTChat discussion a few days previously. So apologies if you have been keen to read updates but I guarantee that more posts will be followed in the next few months leading up to Christmas. Nevertheless, back on track. When I remember my first CELTA lesson, it was quite worrying and nerve wrecking. There were 6 trainees and 2 trainers watching the lesson and I only had to teach for 10 minutes. Name Cards This is a well-established activity so you can remember names more easily. Classroom Layout You could draw the classroom pretty quickly on a piece of blank paper and write down the names of all the students on this. Funny Names It is more memorable if you attach funny adjectives to names which start with the same letter as the name. Student Poster Like this:

Beginning the School Year: It’s About Connections Not Content Most classes, starting with about middle school, begin the school year with reviewing the content to be covered, expectations regarding grades, and other academic information provided by the teacher or instructor. The human or social element is often disregarded. What is interesting is that most learners enter the classroom wondering who is in the course. Because of this belief, I begin all classes focusing on having the students make connections between themselves and me. You are the focus of the class not me.You are important as a learner in this class.You will be expected to engage in the learning activities during class time. Based on age/grade level, I have begun my classes in a variety of ways. Team Contract Class members meet in small groups to develop guidelines for making the classroom a safe place to learn and to take risks. Team Building Games There are tons of team building games that can be used in the classroom. All About Me Activities Some example activities I have done:

What is the weight of the human race? You are going to talk about obesity, eating and healthread a text and do a gap-fill (with differentiated options for FCE and IELTS students)listen to a radio discussion on obesity and do a true / false exerciselook at / listen to some comments by Jamie Oliver on solutions to the obesity problem and do a gap-fill exercisewrite an IELTS style question on the subject of obesity, food and healthdo a crossword to practise the vocabulary used in this post Do you have a healthy diet?What is a healthy / unhealthy diet? Is your country on the list? Exam options Click here if you want to do the same text adapted for FCE practiceClick here if you want to do the same text adapted for IELTS practice 5) Listen What do you think is the combined weight of the human race? Listen again and do the true / false exercise 6) Read What solutions can you think of to prevent world obesity?

Warm-up Ideas Warm-ups help your learners put aside their daily distractions and focus on English. If they haven't used English all day, they may take a little while to shift into it. Warm-ups also encourage whole-group participation which can build a sense of community within the group. For new groups, see the list of ice breakers further down. Brainstorm (any level, individual or group) Give a topic and ask learners to think of anything related to it. Write the responses for all to see, or ask a volunteer to do the writing.

12 ways of creating stories with your EFL students I’ve been reading a fair amount recently about the value of storytelling – and, in particular, the telling of vivid and emotionally-engaging stories – to memory in general, and vocabulary-learning and grammar practice more specifically. It certainly seems that learning new words from a list is a duller and less efficient alternative to acquiring and retaining new vocabulary than involving your learners in narratives using the target words. With this in mind, here are four ways you can involve your learners in creating stories around particular lexical or grammatical themes, and a list (and brief descriptions!) of eight other methods from various corners of this site: Stories from boxesDraw eight rectangles on the board, with space between each one.Invite student volunteers to come and draw one thing, each in a different rectangle. Note: The two ideas above come from Creating Stories with Children by Andrew Wright. Stories from blank paper Show your students a blank sheet of paper.

F is for First Lessons Students doing pair work in the first lesson of the beginners group The Methods course that I am teaching this summer has just embarked on a short round of teaching practice classes. To help the teachers plan their first lesson, I pulled a few old favourites out of the drawer. 1. • My name is… and I like… A memory game. 2. • Topic ranking: students in groups brainstorm topics they are interested in and would like to talk about in class. Question Cup Objectives Icebreakers/Warmups Group Size Small | Medium | Large Materials Index Cards Cup (a Box hat or other container may also be used) Set Up Directions Each member of the group writes a “get to know you” question on an index card and places it folded in a cup. Variation Write out a numbered list of questions. Sample Questions What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten? Can you help make this activity better?

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Icebreakers that Rock We’re coming up fast on the beginning of another school year. That means a new batch of students to get to know, students who need to be made comfortable in your classroom, and who need to get to know each other. It’s essential to start building relationships with your students right from the start. And how to accomplish this? I planned to create a nice big post with dozens of icebreaker ideas you could choose from. They require students to take massive social risks with people they barely know. So I have scrapped my plan to curate good icebreakers from the Internet. In my own classrooms, with middle school, high school, and college students, I have played all three of these games with great success. Each of these will likely sound familiar to you, although the names may not be exactly what you’ve known them as. Blobs and Lines Here are some sample prompts you can use for this game: Concentric Circles Do you play any sports? This or That Sample questions for This or That:

The 35 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You 100 Web 2.0 Tools Every Teacher Should Know About 44.24K Views 0 Likes We're always trying to figure out the best tools for teachers, trends in the education technology industry, and generally doing our darnedest to bring you new and exciting ways to enhance the classroom. But I wanted t... 20 Free and Fun Ways To Curate Web Content 23.98K Views 0 Likes What's the best way to organize it all into at least some reasonable manner? It’s Time To Crowdsource Your School’s Social Media Policy 12.53K Views 0 Likes Every school has a different policy when it comes to social media. Category:Icebreakers/Warmups currently hosts over 70 free icebreakers and over 100 free team building activities. Icebreakers (also known as Warm-ups, Energizers, Openers, and even Deinhibitizers) are activities that help people feel more comfortable and get to know each other. Listed below are activities submitted and improved by users around the world. Icebreakers are most commonly used during the first stages of team development (e.g., at the introductory class) or preceding a group process (e.g., to start off each team meeting). They can also be helpful whenever group energy is low and people need re-energizing, or when members join the group. Icebreakers work best when they are fun and engaging and they draw out information or qualities of the participants that may not be obvious (e.g. talents, attitudes, or previous experiences). You might also be interested in Icebreakers for Online Team Building. To add your own activities to Teampedia please see How to Add a Page. Subcategories

118 Videos Explaining Each Element In The Periodic Table If you’re a science teacher, you’re going to want to bookmark this as soon as possible. If you’re not a science teacher, heck, you’ll still love this and learn a thing or two. The University of Nottingham has created ‘The Periodic Table of Videos‘ and it’s just what the title would imply. 118 videos that explain each element. Video journalist Brady Haran and working chemists from the University of Nottingham assembled these videos for the world to enjoy. Now, they say they’re going to start improving and beefing up each video with new stories, better samples, and bigger experiments. They also have a new video series, dubbed ‘The Molecular Videos’ which is a showcase of their favorite molecults and compounds.

Améliorer la production orale en continu : mission possible ! 1Objectif : Reprendre confiance en production orale en continu, à l’aide d’une séquence d’entraînement intensif. 2Nombre d’étudiants : 18 (ou en fonction du nombre de places disponibles en salle multimédia). 3Semestre : Ici S4 (mais cet entraînement peut être adapté à tous les niveaux). 4Langue : anglais (mais peut être adapté à toutes les langues). 5Niveau visé : B2 du CECRL. 6Lieu : Salle multimédia, salle informatique ou salle traditionnelle selon l’équipement et le matériel disponible (voir ci-dessous). 7Matériel : un PC par étudiant (à défaut d’ordinateurs, prévoir des baladeurs mp3 avec dictaphone) / Magnétophone Windows ou logiciel Audacity / Un casque avec micro par étudiant / Un casque pour l’enseignant / Un espace de remise de devoirs sur le serveur de l’IUT ou de l’Université où les étudiants déposent leurs fichiers numériques et où l’enseignant les récupère sur clé USB. 9Durée : Prévoir des phases d’échauffement et des phases d’entraînement avant l’évaluation finale. c) Évaluation