Author: Megan Smith

Old containers + bright colors = organized classroom

Keep your classroom organized and your supplies accessible to the student! If you are like me then there is not enough room in, on, or behind your desk. Have a spot in the room where students can find and use things like scissors, markers, rulers, computer paper, crayons, and dry erase markers. I used old
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Puzzles!

Puzzles make a great option for new vocab and review. It’s a  great hands-on opportunity for high school students! Here’s one example…

Don’t teach. Let them learn.

Students don’t have to learn EVERYTHING from their teacher. Challenge: Make your next lesson one with NO teaching! Lead students to the right places and let them learn independently!

Decorate your classroom with a new phrase and let them figure out what it means!

Forget textbooks.

Engage students by letting them choose what they WANT to read!

Use paint sample cards to teach colors

  Afterwards, students can put post-its with words that are that color.

Let students “graffiti” walls with the target language

This is a great way to get students up and active, using the language, and reading other classmates’ opinions.

Don’t forget…

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it’s ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein

Hands-on “writing” in language class

Movie trailers were being shown on the overhead projector during “Entertainment” unit. Students gave their opinions by putting together a paragraph, word by word. Great chance to explain ORDER concepts that are different in the target language.

Twitter for Authentic Readings in TL

Twitter is current, authentic and in ANY language.