A Day in the Life of…

 

I mentioned this activity in my previous post and today I asked my students tothink about their favourite objects and write how these object spend the day. While they were doing, I realised this would be great with glogster. So the next lesson, we went to the computer lab and my students created their first glogs. They are very simple but I’m sure they will create better ones later.

Fun with Simple Present Tense

 

With my grade 10 students, we are revising the simple present tense at the moment and while planning what I’ll do, I listed some activities that I used in the previous years as warmers or fillers. I’ll be happy if you also add your favourite Present Simple Tense activities here

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF …

  • Brainstorm what they do everyday.
  • Ask them to write the name of their favourite object on a piece of paper.
  • Tell them they are going to write a day in the life of their favourite object.
  • Envourage them to be creative.

For example: My favourite object is my netbook. She sometimes wakes up very early to go to school with me. She likes drinking coffee with me while waiting for the bell to ring….

MY DAILY ROUTINE

  • Each student must say 3 sentences (or even more depending on the size or the level) about their daily routine. For example, I get up very early, I take the tram to go to school and I have lunch at school.
  • The next student will do the same but he shouldn’t repeat the things his friend has mentiones.

HOBBIES / ROUTINES CHALLENGE

  • Tell students they have to listen to each other very carefully.
  • Student A tells what her favourite pastime is.
  • Student B repeats what student A has said and then adds her own.
  • Student C reapeats what student A and B have said and then adds her own.

MY HERO

  • Create a character with your class. Decide the age, hobbies, habits, occupation, family
  • Divide the class into groups and tell them to write a paragraph describing their hero.

Variation: You can do it as a chain story.

SENTENCES

  • Students will make sentences using 5 words.
  • They will make a sentence adding a word that begings with the last letter of the previous word. ( Susan never reads simple editions.

Variation: Choose a letter together, each word of the sentence should begin with that sentence.

JOKES

  • Prepare a handout with some jokes.
  • Leave out the punch line.
  • Group them and ask to write their own.

PROVERBS

  • Prepare a handout with halved proverbs and ask them to match the halves.

FOLLOW UP: You can discuss them or ask them which one they liked best or if there is a similar one in their mother tongue.

GENERAL TRUTH

  • Write the words on the board : turn, set, occur, grow, give, rise, sea, earth, sun, plants, national disasters, etc.
  • In pairs ask them to write 3 general facts using the words given.

COLORFUL POEMS

You can read it here. Instead of Colours you can ask them to write a poem with same skeleton for emotions.

Etwinning-trying to find your twin sis or bro

collaboration

Last weekend I attended a 2-day-professional development workshops on etwinning for beginners. I must say I learned a lot. I’ve been registered etwinning with a hope to find a Comenius project partner for almost a year but attending the workshops I realised I knew nothing about the site.

Etwinning gives teachers a wonderful opportunity to find partners from everywhere (mainly Europe but then you can add others to your project) start a project and work together. When you start a project, the site allows you to use the learning labs where you can find ideas and resources.

Etwinning not only gives teachers a chance to collaborate but it also gives them professional development opportunities.

If you aren’t there, just visit the site and see what’s going on.

collaboration

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My blog, my toddler, my journey …

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Eventually My Journey in TEFL is celebrating her 1st birthday in blogosphere. I’m so glad that I started blogging.

I believe September is a very lucky month for me. I’m not going to reveal everything but many good things in my life all started in September.

Everything started last year on 5th of September with Ozge Karaoglu’s introduction to web 2.0 tools and blogging and I decided to be online.

I started my blog but I didn’t actually know what I was going to write.I just added some sites and some wrote some simple ideas.Then I decided to write about things I loved doing in the class, I had just tried with my students. Those were the days I also started twitter. These two looked so combined together. Days passed and I heard some voices. I got support from an online community I had just participated. They retweeted my posts, left comments and they followed me back on twitter and I found out I had already started to have my own PLN.

Twitter and blogging started changing my teaching life. I found myself in a constant professional development which enabled me to collaborate with teachers around the world. All these social-media things gave me the chance to speak my mind, share ideas and have friendly chats with my PLN.

Twitter also helped me to meet members of my PLN in real life. I now have friends from all over the world whom I know I can rely on whenever I need guidance.

If you aren’t on twitter,  if you aren’t blogging,  if you don’t believe they are useful for your career and if you have come across with this post via google search, please consider it again.

If you join,

You may receive a book that you need from a friend from Brazil. You may be invited to Yorkshire for teacher workshops. You may join a project of a friend living in another country. You may start a project with another friend in another country. You may give your students a chance to have a real conversation in English with real people using skype. If When you aren’t online for a couple of days, you may even get a message from a friend who doesn’t even know you wondering where you have recently been.

If you are blogging and if you are on twitter, you already know the privileges that we have. Thank you for the support…

Get into groups according to …

siblings

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is a fun activity that I found from ESLCafe years ago and I love using it once every year. It’s even great to team your students for their group works.

Group the students as the 1st child, middle child, youngest child of their family or a single child.

Prepare a handout with some questions similar to the ones below.Get them discuss in their groups

  • How are you similar to each other?
  • What is it like to be the eldest child of the family?
  • How are you different from your sister or brother?
  • Are you organised?
  • Do you say no easily to people?
  • What is it like to be the eldest child?

 Then share the following

FIRST BORN: perfectionist, list maker, well-organised, natural leader, critical, serious, logical, doesn’t like surprises, difficulty saying no to others.

MIDDLE CHILD: mediator, diplomatic, avoids conflict, independent, loyal to peers, many friends, secretive, unspoiled, has reasonable expectations

YOUNGEST CHILD: charming, blames others, attention seeker, people person, natural sales person, engaging, affectionate, loves surprises

ONLY CHILD : little adult by age 7, very thorough and deliberate, can’t bear to fail, has very high expectations for self, more comfortable, with people who are older or younger.

Discuss as a class whether these characteristics apply to them or not.

And you will actually see that they do. Try for yourself 🙂 You can also read this article.