So this is it! Back to school.. 🙂 I am pretty excited about it, let's be honest, educators have such a big break 😀 and I do miss teaching. So these are my top ideas/activities on getting back to school, mainly related to new groups, adults and teens.
1. Find someone who (A2 and above/Adults): love this, just because I get them to stand up, mingle, move around and get to know each other.
- Hand out the sheets (attached below) and demonstrate the first example by asking the question to a student. Ask students to fill up the information at the same time.
Teacher – Have you got a pet?
Teacher -Is it a cat or a dog?
Student – Dog
Teacher – What's his/her name?
Student – Klio.
- Ask students to think for a minute on how to formulate the questions and then elicit.
- Then, get them to stand up, mingle around the classroom to write as many names as possible. Also remind them to ask more question to fill up the 'more information' section.
- Elicit feedback with students telling you about their findings. Example: Yiannis speaks more than three languages. Persian, Greek, English and Spanish and his favorite language is Persian.
- Adapt this game by making your own questions depending on the level and age group.
2. True or False.
- Write five statements about you on the whiteboard and tell students that 4 statements are True while one is False.
- Students make their guesses in an open class discussion.
- Get students to do the same by writing 4 true statements about themselves and one False. Then, get them to work in two's or three's and play the game.
3. About me (A2 above/works well with teenagers)
- Write a set of questions on a handout or the whiteboard related to hobbies, interests, music, sports, holidays e.t.c.
- Give out some empty pieces of papers and ask students to answer each question on a different paper and then folder it.
- Collect the paper, add it in a box or a jar and get students to pick and guess who's paper might be. If right then he/she gets a point.
- Encourage students to ask a question to find more information and get an extra point.
A different way of practicing asking personal and getting to know your students is 'The Best Friend's Challenge'. This game however, can only be successful if your students already know each other really well. Here how it goes:
How to play: write the following questions in different cards and cut them down. Place them in a box. Student A draws a questions and tries to guess how Student B would have answered the question. Student A and B write the answer down and show their answers with the count of 3. If the answers match they get a point.
You can also get your students to come up with more questions and play the game again 🙂
4. Jinx Challenge. (For all levels and ages.)
This can be played after getting to know your students to add a bit of fun. I've attached the YouTube video here that I get the inspiration from. Enjoy it!