Gestures, props and other attention-grabbers

I’ve just read Lisa Nielsen’s post about engaging learners with gesticulation, and now I’m curious: how many of us use gestures, objects and other things often enough? How much is enough? And how much is too much? I know that over the years I have developed a certain over-emotional, exaggerated classroom style – it’s a bit strange, but it helps 🙂 What about the online classroom, does it need more attention-grabbers or just as many?

Looks like I have more questions or answers for this one.

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Boil a pot of joy

If my yesterday’s post didn’t bring joy into your teaching life, this article certainly will 🙂 TeachThought.com lists 20 ways that can make the classroom a little happier. Much as I am against the notion of mindless ‘fun’, this post is different in that it recommends very sane and worthwhile things like project-based learning. consistency, telling personal stories and generally being human. And it’s just great to have all these ideas in one place.

October Happiness

Mornings are getting darker and darker where I live – I can’t believe it’s 1 October already! To brighten up the autumn cold, here is a great printable calendar from ActionforHappiness.org: you can share it with students and encourage them to complete each daily task in English and write about it a special diary or even on Instagram.

My prinout with a bit of my desktop is featured in the photo – you can share yours 😉