After reading some posts on Nicenet and some blogs, I could see that for some teachers a concern is to handle large groups. I liked reading the articles about teaching large classes and having activities such as Think-Pair-Share and Think-Pair-Square activities. Also, role playing is a good activity to have students participate actively in the classroom. My favorite article was “Teaching Naked: Why Removing Technology from your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning” because it suggests emailing as a way to keep in touch with students with assignments and announcements that can be done more effectively through messaging outside the class, so we use our class time more effectively. It also suggests that the teacher and the students have a more personal Face-to-Face interrelation in classes. It helps me focus my project’s objective and activities.
Creating an interactive PPT took me some time. It is divided in four main blocks to aid the class with a technological tool: presentation, vocabulary, listening, and project. Each block is separated by a blank slide which is meant to focus the students’ attention on the teacher to summarize what has been done before moving on the next activity. It was a good activity since it is the first time I created one that is interactive with hyperlinks to different parts of the document and a web link. I have tried this presentation with some students outside class, and they found it interesting.
I teach two classes this term, and I was not sure with which group I should work. I have been planning similar activities with both groups, but I finally focused my project and the report on one of them.
Since the objective of my project is to work on motivating activities to enhance students’ listening skills outside of class for self-paced study and extension of class activities, I have used two activities so far. The first one was on this site: http://www.esl-lab.com/learn/learnrd1.htm Learning Languages. It was meant to talk about their learning a foreign language regarding our project’s activities. The second activity reinforces a topic we have in our guide book “Feng Shui”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd2_i2RbroU Get Rich Quick | Space Lift: Feng Shui Your Home Ep. 3
What I have done: I had a previous activity in the classroom to explain the activity and the procedure. Then, I emailed the students the links and instructions telling them what to do as well as some follow up questions to be sent back before our class. Finally, we shared, discussed, and worked on some post listening and post-viewing activities in the classroom. The activity about Feng Shui will continue next week; the class will work on the project.
My concern… so far, most students have participated on both activities, and they enjoyed the task. However, not the hundred percent of students got engaged in the activity. I think they still believe that their learning is surrounded by walls and happens only when they attend to classes and participate in the classroom activities.
Just like the other weeks, this one was full of learning by doing.