Sunday 6 September 2009

THE POST BOX

Sometimes a little idea can bring in a lot of changes. Yeah, as they said it "An idea can change your life". And if we, teachers, begin to think different, I think we could say, "An idea can change the classroom". Here is a little idea that changed my class.

The idea was to have a post-box in my class. My students were surprised, but excited by the very idea. We were through our letter-writing session. It has been always the same. The teacher would given them an imaginary context in which the students have to place themselves and write letters to imaginary people. If they were to write real letters they would need real people to receive them. Thus came the idea of a letter-box. A student made a wonderful box and another one happily volunteered to be the post-man.

Students could write letters from home. They could write it to anyone in the class, including the teachers. The only condition was that they should write the letters in English. The letters can be posted in the box any time. But the post-box will be opened only once in a week and during English hour. It takes only 5 minutes to deliver the letters.

Though I had doubts about the success of the idea, I wanted to give it a try. And I'm happy to say that it really worked. Now students eagerly wait for Fridays. And I have seen excitement on their faces when they receive letters. I too write letters to them. Though only very few write long letters, I'm optimistic. I think now I can easily teach them how to write letters. And I believe language learning is faster in natural contexts.

I would love to hear from you all those little big ideas that have changed your classroom.

Tuesday 19 May 2009

Tokens of Appreciation

Everyone loves to be appreciated and rewarded for their job, however small it is. In classrooms, sometimes it has to go beyond a pat on the shoulder or a smile.

A teacher can give small gifts to encourage the students' works and motivate them .

I have also explored through Microsoft Office tools, where I have found something really interesting. It is called Publisher. And now I design my own certificates for the achievers in my class. I have found that a certificate always gives the student a positive and proud feeling of an achiever.

Just go to Office 2007 tools, click on to Publisher and choose your template to create certificates or cards to gift to your learners. Use your vocabulary and creativity to make a special gift to your learners..

Here are some samples of certificates that I designed for my learners. I can still see their beaming faces, as they received them.










Thursday 5 February 2009

"IMPRESSIONS"


On 3rd February , we released our first digital magazine. Our Literary Forum used to release a little magazine every quarter. It was called "Impressions" .

Along with the changes in the world our magazine too changed to adapt itself into a more technologically advanced world. Hence the digitized version.

A free version of FlashPageFlip is available . It is an easy software .My students added their pages and videos into it. It's easy to use.

You can try it too.

Saturday 3 January 2009

"The Road Not Taken"

I would like to share with you a video made by my students. It is based on the poem "The Road not

Taken
" by Robert Frost

video


Hope you enjoyed!!!!