No more words needed, I guess

Can dreams come true?

Can a teacher touch the lives of students?
Do unbelievable success stories exist in only movies, chicken soup stories?

Can children in slums be saved and educated as the kids who have more resources?

What does a music teacher need to form an orchestra, a fully talented class of kids or just imagination and dedication?

What can teachers learn from each other?

 

I clicked on the link one of my friends from my PLN shared on Facebook and found out about them and I cried and I just wanted to share them.

I know nothing about them but I will take them to my classes and show them to my students, share with my colleagues …

No more words needed, I guess

Just click HERE and watch 🙂

 

Thank you Julie Raiku for sharing the link.

 

 

 

Twitter as Book Response Task

Sometimes you don’t need to assign your students with certain tasks, just give them a tool and watch what happens.

After discussing the book together, I divided them into groups and told them they are going to write a twitter chat based on the novel. That was it! They were very  eager to start their work and I just said, “you are free, come up with something you will like”

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In the end they said they loved it because they felt they were very creative 🙂

Song Lesson of The Week ~Our House, Madness

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image credit #eltpics, @ij64

As a matter of fact I had forgotten this song until I listened to it again at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics and for a while I kept hearing it in my mind and then I realized I can use it in the class as well.

When I listened to it again, it took me back to the happy memories of my childhood which was spent in a small three-storey house. We were a big family then. My grandparents used to live with us and I have a sister and a brother. That house is still vivid in my dreams. I thought the song will be a great lesson to revise

  1. present continuous
  2. past tense / used to (to talk about past habits)
  3. describing houses

You can find the lyrics here

I prepared a lesson for my B2  students as a warm up activity for a unit that we would deal with places we lived.

I told my students they would listen to a song twice and answer the following questions

  1. Which day is it?
  2. Where is the house?
  3. What are the people doing in the house?
  4. What kind of a house is that?
  5. Does the singer have happy memories in the house?

Then I gave them the worksheets I prepared and told them to listen to the song carefully and correct the mistakes. ( but you can also prepare be a gap fill exercise or jumble the lyrics and tell them to put the lyrics into the correct order.

As a follow up, I asked my students to write how they spend Sundays. They wrote them on post-it notes and we put all the notes on a poster with a house picture on it. As homework, I wanted them to create a glogster to summarize the song.

You can see my students’ glogs here 

 

Creative Guided Story Writing

 

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I’d like to share a guided writing activity that I adapted for my classes.

Give students a card and ask them to read the instructions.

Tell them they are going to invent a story about what happened to the characters on their cards.

Give them the pre-prepared questions and ask them to answer the questions Tell them these questions will guide them to write their stories. They may add any additional parts to their stories.

You can even give them the characters from the novels or short stories. It can even be a good pre reading activity for a story unit.

I prepared a Google document for the instructions and another for the questions and I’ll add more when I come up with an interesting idea. May I also invite you to add your instructions and questions?

Note: You can prepare your cards on powerpoint slides and save them as JPEG, print and laminate them for many uses.

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