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Stories, Games and Articles for EL, Issue -- Experiential Learning 21
December 16, 2016
Experiential Learning 21, Develop a Positive Feeling Tone in Class
In the training sessions that I generally conduct for teachers, I find that activities demonstrating concepts are more useful than slides. Recently, I did a workshop on motivating students in a classroom.
I had to demonstrate five motivating factors:
1. Feeling Tone 2. Level of Concern 3. Interest 4. Success 5. Knowledge of Results
I decided to demonstrate each of them with a sample activity, that could also be used in the classroom.
I am going to detail the activities I used in five different newsletters to keep each of the newsletters short.
The first factor is: Feeling Tone. It has two aspects to it - Level of Comfort on a personal level and Positive Challenge presented by the task.
I paired the participants and in the first round of a minute's duration, I asked them to share with each other their likes and dislikes.
In the second round I asked them to introduce their partners with an adjective that described them, now that they had got to know them better.
The participants were able to bond well and found it easy to come up with some descriptive adjectives for their friends.
After half-an-hour of jolly bonhomie, I debriefed the game for them.
The first round was a way of getting to know each other better without any obvious learning agenda. Something like this would increase comfort levels among students
The second round was to demonstrate knowledge of appropriate adjectives for friends. This is the round that is used to present a task with a positive challenge to students, for which the necessary scaffolding was done in the previous round.
Similar exercises could be used to discuss and speak about reading exercises, learning points from a completed project and a host of other things.
In the next EditionWatch out for the next edition of 'Stories, Games and Articles for EL' for an explanation on how the next factor - Level of Concern - was demonstrated.
Samples of Creative Writing ActivitiesIn the last Newsletter, I talked about activities for teachers, which could be replicated in the classroom to get students to write creatively.
Here are some samples from a couple of workshops I conducted last week.
1. Story with Phrasal Verbs (in inverted commas)
I 'looked into' the matter and realised that a crime had taken place. I began to 'look for' clues for the crime. The servant at the crime scene 'looked for' clues in the servant quarters. He had 'put on' curious looking clothes. I decided to 'take away' the pieces of broken glass lying there. I have decided not to 'give up' on the case. I will not rest until the culprit 'gives' himself 'up'. After the case is solved, I will 'take off' to London for a holiday. Today's meeting was 'called off' due to this crisis.
2. Poem with rhyming words - 'bus' was the trigger
'Lotus', My School
I go to the school by bus
It is called 'Lotus'
We have a focus
It's truly marvellous
Teachers are fabulous
Everything here is precious
Canteen food is delicious
It is very famous
Students here are geniuses
Teachers are never furious
Pupils are curious
Classrooms are spacious
Students turn out to be courageous
None is ridiculous
Don't believe in the previous
Future is precious
We learn and explore like Columbus
Follow the Syllabus
To become geniuses
Not a bogus
It's only us & us
Who make up the petals of our 'Lotus'
We dream to become gorgeous and fabulous by learning Calculus.
3. One of the tasks a group of ten were expected to do was to use a list of characters that a competing group had developed on a 'watch' - (a time device) and create a scene from a play.
Here's what they developed in 5 minutes:
A SCENE OF A COURTROOM
The Judge is Mr. Transparent Non-bias
1st Advocate - Mr. Punctuality
2nd Advocate - Mr. Co-operation
1st Victim - Mr. Alarming
2nd Victim - Mr. Spontaneous
Mr. Transparent enters the courtroom and without wasting time says, 'Let's be punctual and start the hearing.'
Mr. Punctuality steps up and says - 'Sir, Alarming is innocent and Spontaneous is dutiful. I have some witnesses for it as well. First of all, I would like to call in Audible.
Audible - 'It's not only me Sir, Co-ordination has also seen this'.
4. Poem with a list of adverbs (with a few refinements)
I woke up early that day
I was dressed beautifully
Moving smoothly on the grass
I saw a bird singing melodiously
I believe it perches on the same tree daily
Sweetly it sang and looked at me lovingly
Brightly the Sun shone and made everything beautiful
The feeling was heavenly
I danced to the melodious sound gracefully
So soothing was the song
That my soul was touched calmly and softly
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