I used to photocopy a new set each time we played - so wasteful! Now I invested in several boxes of plastic sheet protectors. I put the game board in the plastic sleeve...
recognize that every situation and teacher is different and others may claim the opposite based on their own experiences, but here is what I have learned.
Each year there is one class that just has the perfect combination of kids who should never be put together, but somehow wound up all the same class. No matter what you accomplished in all your other classes that day, be ready to only get through half of it during period X because that class is 90% management and only 10% teaching.
I've been feeling really stressed about my period X this year because I'm in a new school, so my reputation doesn't precede me here, and I've been feeling like no learning is happening whatsoever. Above all else, I just feel really badly for the few quiet, well-behaved students who don't get an ounce of my attention, as I am putting out fires in every other corner of the room. So today, I decided to celebrate those kids by sending them a quick little email after class. Before the end of the day, I had responses from 3 of the 6 I contacted. Here is my original email:
This is a great interactive game for any class, but it's especially wonderful for language classes working on pronunciation!
I am actually embarrassed that I didn't think of this sooner. We have been playing "Around the World" (directions below) in my class for about 10 years and I have been making and printing giant flashcards. What I just realized is that all this time, I could have been using Quizlet. All I had to do was create a set with only pictures and terms (or make a copy of the set I already had and modify it). As a whole class, I project the flashcards, picture side up, and we go through the deck. I can click shuffle on the side, and play again and again! What a HUGE time saver!
While I did not come up with the original concept, I have been involved since the beginning and have been the coordinator for the past two years.
What is Day of Giving?
I decided I was going to start showing my 7th graders how to do this. I made this handout for them and explained that we were going to practice how to study today. I told them that these strategies will apply to other classes and will be extra useful for high school. One of my students exclaimed "This is so helpful! All teachers should do this! I never know how to study!" I felt immediately satisfied that this was a necessary lesson.
With Edpuzzle you can crop videos to only show the most relevant section and then embed questions for students to answer throughout!
sense, but you'd be surprised how often these suggestions are overlooked.
bag they came from. To solve this problem, I have begun numbering the pieces on the back.
over again. But what percentage of kids actually hear each and every repetition? How many of them tune out?