Hi Anita,I'll kick off if you don't mind. I have a 'tool box' well not literally it's a colourful clothes basket thingy from Ikea. In it I have lots of 'goodies'. 1. Plastic animals2. A squeaky dogs' toy3. A picture frame4. A pack of cards5. A magic wand6. A sheriffs' hat7. Lots of puppets8. Lots of story books9. A fluffy die (or dice)10. Dressing up clothes11. Some masksThese'tools' help me to get and keep the childrens' attention. I love using 'props' and think that they really help to focus childrens' attention.Do you have any props that you use with Young Learners? Can you guess what I use number two, four and six for?
Hi Leahn,Now you made me wonder!I can think of some ways of using the hat and the squeaky toy but the cards? Hmm...How many students are there in your classes?I do have a little props bag of my own as well :)
Hi Anita,I teach in two state primary schools. The class size depends but up to as many as 26. One of the schools I work in has much smaller classes of between 13 and 18.The card thingy is a variety of a trick I learnt from Luke Prodromou at the TESOL convention in Spain this year. His idea was to write the names of the children in each class on a piece of paper and keep them in your pocket. Ever time you ask a question instead of asking children to put their hands up. You simply pull out a name from your pocket.The card version was shown to me by a fellow teacher Sandra and is more practical if you teach a lot of classes, as you can write the names of four children on each side of the card. Each class is given a colour so when you take a card from the stack you can read the childs' name easily.Why???? I hear you asking. Well, as Luke said asking children to put their hands up to join in and answer questions is not really very efficient becausea) the same kids always put their hands upb) the same kids never put their hands upc) some kids put their hands up even if they don't know the answerWhen you stop to think about it he's got a point!It's particularly useful if you teach large classes.