Classroom Activities.

My first week at the school ended pretty well after I spoke with the principal. The students are pretty great and have a decent level of English. The activity that I’ve done with all my classes (except for 2) during my first class with them is interviews. They have to pair up with the person next to them, interview each other, and then present to the class what they learned about the other person in English. The students did great with that activity! They all were really eager to participate and were pretty creative with the questions they asked one another. Afterwards, if we had a few minutes to spare, I would let the students ask me questions. The questions that I got asked the most were: Where are you from? What does your tattoo mean? And how old are you?

I did a slightly different activity with one of my smaller, older groups. I took out a roll of toilet paper and told them that they should grab as much toilet paper as they believed they would need for the activity, but that I couldn’t tell them what the activity was until after everyone had their toilet paper. Afterwards, I told them that for each square of toilet paper they had, they had to tell me a fact about themselves. This game is always fun since, inevitably, someone takes half of the roll. This time around, a girl had 36 squares. After we finished that activity, we did a Guess the Celebrity game. In this game, you think of a Celebrity and you have to give the class clues (In English) that describe the celebrity until someone guesses correctly. It was really fun and a lot of the students in the class are really funny, which makes the class even more enjoyable.

Well, I’m off to search the internet for videos and such about tectonic plates for my Freshmen class tomorrow since that’s the material they’re on. If anyone has any fun activity suggestions that I could do with the students, I’m all ears. I really want to get a good rapport with the students and do activities like the interview one before I start to have to give them class using the material that they’re learning. I’d also really love some suggestions for the younger kids (3-7). I thought I could do a game like hot potato and whoever has the ball has to say something about themselves or answer one of my questions regarding a certain topic. Like I said, I’d love to hear some suggestions 🙂


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sara Katherine
    Sep 25, 2012 @ 07:52:46

    Wow! Sounds like you’re a great teacher! Those are really creative — especially the toilet paper game! I think the hot potato idea is good. I have teachers that even in college, have us throw things around. A twist for older kids, if you can’t answer in a timely manner there is a consequence (like for my French class we are automatically chosen to answer the homework questions if we drop the ball).


  2. Estrella
    Sep 26, 2012 @ 23:02:07

    Sounds like fun, I’m glad you are enjoying your school. I start on Monday and am so excited to finally meet my students.


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