Lately I’ve received some feedback from our readers to share more of what I do in class. I’ve been hesitant to do it, but thought would give it a try.
I don’t go very fancy with my lessons but I like incorporating a little bit of ICT in them. Plus, I think that’s what the learners are more attracted to these days.
Here’s how the lesson can be carried out:
- Get students to write down the poem in their workbook. (I usually get them to write in the middle of a two blank pages)
- Shoot up the LCD, connect laptop to the internet, get your printer working in the class.
- As a class we go through the poem together, whatever they want to find out, we search for it in Google Image.
- They pick the pictures they prefer, copy and multiply them in smaller size using words, print them out and distribute to them to stick around the poem. *keep reminding them they are making their own special notes, they are the boss while you’re just a clerk for them. I get them to pick the black&white friendly pictures because I do not use coloured-cartridge
- I literally let them take over on what to search and how much time they need on certain words/phrase.
- To save some ink, I sometimes get them to draw the simple and draw-able ones. Especially if you have a group that loves to draw. Just make sure the drawing doesn’t take too much time!
- Once they are done looking for pictures, make sure they draw lines/label them well for future reference.
- In between, you do what you do, ask some questions to check their understandings, once done. move on.
- This poem is pretty straight forward, I still find pictures to be the best reference for the learners.
If you think having a printer in the class and having to print so much is troublesome. Here’s the alternative:
- Print a set of jumbled up pictures with no labels. There are some pictures in here to help you.
- Get learners to cut and ready to paste.
- Run similar sequence in Option A, use the internet to help them match the pictures to the words in the poem. Let them find out which matches which.
- This works well with weaker group who have shorter attention span.
Some sample works from my learners:
Hope this helps you! Have fun