So what you’re looking at here is my trainer’s kit from the last teacher training session.
My laptop – a repository of knowledge and all sorts of virtual realia, including sounds, images, PowerPoint games, and whatnot (e.g. SOUNDS LIKE A STORY);
Paper – soon-to-be-made puppets, crafts, game fields, mini-boards, foldable word games and worksheets (see some crafts here CRAFTY TEACHING: LOW-COST IDEAS AND AIDS);
Post-it notes – an indispensable tool for setting the pace and flow of team discussions;
A pack of UNO cards – a real time-saver for any busy teacher that may be used for absolutely anything (see Numbered Heads Together here); and
For most people, spoons are just cutlery. For a resourceful teacher, spoons are a powerful attention getter, an aid to practice rhythm, and a game toolkit.
You can play them.
It takes about 20 seconds to learn to create a clickity-clack noise with spoons. Reaching the virtuoso level of the Spoon Lady might take much more time and effort, and is not really necessary for our purpose.
Have students clack the spoons as they speak.
Note: plastic spoons are way better for young learners who might want to experiment with the sound and try to play the spoons against their fellows’ foreheads (#tootemptingtoresist).
Aaaand one-two-three-four, one-two-three-four, one-two-three-four, black socks never get dirty, the longer you wear them the blacker they get. Sometimes I think I should wash them, but something inside me keeps saying not yet.
If you have never taught stress timing before, watch this video to get a better idea of how to do this in the classroom.
Or play with them.
If your classroom is so small that you need a microscope to see the space available for moving around, or your adults or teenagers are not yet used to moving around the classroom, spoons might come in quite handy to liven up the class.
The Spoons game might be played the same way as Musical Chairs, with players competing for a spoon. Put one spoon for each player in the middle of the table and take one spoon out. Rules of the game depend on what you’d like your students to practise/learn.
Deal a flashcard to each player (or ask them to get their flashcards/word organisers). You can prepare different flashcards for each round. Play some music. While the music plays, players must pass on flashcards to the left (or right in the next round) so the flashcards continuously go around the table. When the music stops, players should grab a spoon. I usually play the no-elimination version – no player is eliminated in each round but a spoon until only one spoon remains. Go through the vocabulary after each round with tasks for those who failed to grab a spoon,
e.g. give a synonym to the word you have in your hand, or make up a sentence with the word, etc.
spoons might be a good
reminder that we can always do more
with less as long as we are resourceful. Till next
What’s in YOUR bag?:) #LiveningUpTheProcessChallenge