Think of an interesting topic (perhaps based on a theme being studied at this time) and write it up on the board. Give the students a given amount of time (depending on age and level) and have them write the first part of a story. It is important to tell them not to write a complete story but only start it, with details, characters and storyline
After this time period is up, exchange papers so that each student gets the essay of another. The students then have to read the story they have and write the other half of the story that they receive.
Later, the stories can be read to the class. This activity means that what everyone writes is important because someone else has to base their writing on the first part of a story that is not their own, while their own original creation is being worked on by someone else.
By the time we have finished with Thanksgiving, we have covered the theme of turkey, recipes, and visiting family or travels to others, and are often happy to move on to a new theme. Some other ideas that we could include in this theme could be:
Write a list of twenty things you have, that you love
Write about your favorite friend/cousin/place you often visit
Make a quick end-of-year resolution list to start on now, instead of waiting for the new year
Discuss uplifting topics, stories of recovery, articles that make one feel good.
When introducing any of these topics, teachers can encourage their students to do some introspection and understand that focusing on positive things leads to a feeling of happiness, thankfulness, gratefulness, or just well being.
Anyone writing a blog or website essentially wants people to share and even more, give to those who are looking for material. For me, it is a pleasure when I hear that teachers are using my dialog scripts and ideas in the classroom. After 35 of teaching one wants to find meaning in the experience and ideas gained, so writing it all down in articles, creating new texts and then sharing, is the reason behind the website.
Twitter, something very, very new for me is the platform I am using, to invite people to me - but also, as I have discovered, seeing who else is out there, reading new information, keeping up with the new. My challenge is, how many people are really getting to the information? Those who tweet this will be my experimental control, and the results may give me and others some answers. I will write about the results in a future blog piece. With thanks, Lucille..
Do something different this week! Try an activity that you don't usually do. We all have our own teaching styles and sometimes fall into a particular pattern. Incorporate pair work if you don't usually, a game if its not particularly your "thing", more or fewer writing activities, more or less reading. Change the tempo of your class. This will add interest to both you and your students. Check out the writing ideas, speaking prompts, dialogs, and other suggestions on this site.
It is not easy to explain the electoral college, but here is a great link that describes in fairly easy terms how the system works. This may help teachers to explain the system to their students as the graphs are very good, too.
Hello fellow teachers,