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.
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.
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 😉