I gave a talk on this topic to a dynamic group of teachers. I first started to think about classroom dynamics earlier this year when I got my new classes. Use them at the beginning of a course, and not only in the first lesson — they should be part of the first 5 lessons of a course. If a new student joins the class at any stage, do another icebreaker activity to reflect the fact that the class dynamics have changed.
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I gave a talk on this topic to a dynamic group of teachers. I first started to think about classroom dynamics earlier this year when I got my new classes. Use them at the beginning of a course, and not only in the first lesson — they should be part of the first 5 lessons of a course.
If a new student joins the class at any stage, do another icebreaker activity to reflect the fact that the class dynamics have changed. Highly recommended: joining in the activity yourself. You are part of the class! Learn names! One suggestion — take a picture of the class. You could give a copy to every student. Warmers: Start every lesson with a warmer. The students need time to transition from what they were doing before the class, to get into English mode, and to slot back into the class group.
GOALS Give your students regular opportunities to think about their individual strengths and weaknesses and then — and this is important — get them to discuss their goals together as a class to come up with some common goals. This is where your class contracts come in. Get the students adults included to discuss the norms together and agree on them.
They should include some things for the teacher to keep to as well, for example, students who want to pass their FCE exam could agree to always hand in their writing on time, and teachers could agree to mark it within a week.
Make these norms explicit and write a contract. Refer to it and renegotiate it when necessary. Say Something Nice Drama activities, eg. Class photo Group name. Bit more catchy, eh? Take the fancy dress box to class, and ask the Students to choose one item or prop. They imagine who they are with this thing and what they are doing. Then ask them to assemble for a group portrait.
Take a picture! In pairs, the students can look at the picture and write the story behind it. Ownership of the class. Let the students take as much responsibility for the group as possible, for example, taking the register, collecting homework, maintaining the class website.
Here are some ideas: Remember when…? They can then go on to describe the event in more detail or write more sentences. The results can be shared by pinning up around the room, or sharing them verbally in groups.
Thank you presents. They could be different colours for different categories, eg. Students write one thing on each post-it and then stick them on the wall.
They can then wander around reading the various comments and talking about them. I hope you find this useful!
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