On Tuesday this week, I had my first lesson of the new year after the Christmas break. I wanted to do a session where the students would reflect and make resolutions.
I had some wordles(I prepared them for another lesson but hadn’t used) with quotes and proverbs on learning, motivation and acieving goals. I put the students in pairs and asked them to unjumble the sentences. I also gave a post-it note for each pair and told them to write the unjumbled sentences.
While students working I walked and monitored them and help them to work out. Once they finished, I gave them another post-it note to write an explanation of their proverb or quote and finally I gave them another post-it note and told them to find a motto.
When they finished, they read all they’d done to their classmates and we put the wordles with post-it notes on them on the walls. one of the students said how different and colourful a language classroom is fromthe other ones.
Then in the second phase of the lesson I told them to create their ‘New Year, New Beginnings‘ posters.
I told them to include the followings on their poster:
- best year in their life (explaining what made that year special)
- important events/moments of 2011 (for them)
- lessons learned in 2011
- regrets (if there are any)
- New Year’s resolutions
A lovely comment, how different your language class is from other subjects!
Lunar New Year is a few days away here in Korea. I also plan on using a worksheet about goals and such. I think it’s fun to be able to talk to students in small groups and see what their plans are for the upcoming year.
That is a great back-to-school self-awareness activity. I also started classes this week after a three week break, but with a different activity that helped me reflect on my students’ situation and how they view school. I share it here: http://teachingknowledge.wordpress.com
You’re off to a great 2012!
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I love the idea of students sharing their reactions to the proverbs – a lovely activity to introduce the idea of New Year Resolutions!