“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.” ― John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things
This week I am in beautiful Atlanta, Georgia, presenting at the GAETC conference. It is one of the most organized and interesting conferences I’ve been to and they’ve had some incredible presenters/keynotes.
I had six sessions which you can read about here, http://teacherrebootcamp.com/tag/gaetc13. Here are the resources for the Survival Tips for Teaching Kids English session in case you missed it. At GAETC, I tried collaborative note-taking with the 400 audience. We all took notes on one Google Doc. Scary, I know! However, it ended up being a great experience and many helped create notes and stories. Check out the document here, http://bit.ly/research123. Thank you to Jennifer Burke @jdkburke, Paige Odell @odie2teach, Amy Pietrowski @amylpie, and others who helped with the collaborative note-taking experience.
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Some of the Survival Tips
- Channel in your inner child! Have the ability to act silly! I often dress-up when reading books, play charades, make silly voices and faces, and sing and dance!
- Wear the right gear! Don’t dress to impress! Dress for a mess!
- Use a variety of techniques to animate readings.
- Children love to play pretend games!
- Have lively music that is easy for the children to understand and that you will enjoy singing very loudly to!
- TPR- Total physical response is a must for every lesson. Find out more by reading this post.
- Puppets are great for children, especially when you incorporate the puppet in every lesson.
- Play board games, physical games, and online games- We play Twister, bingo,English Raven’s games, and more!
- Include stories from great children’s authors and make the reading time fun. Check out my class wiki for various books and the themes they support.
- Use colorful flashcards and play games with the flash cards.
- Color with a purpose! Give children a task to see if they can follow directions, such as telling a child to draw a circle and color it yellow. Without direction, I’ve had children color on the wall and on me!
- Build your survival kit. Add masking tape, a ball, playdoh, a timer, etc.
- Incorporate drama activities such as mime and improvisation games.
- Felt boards are great for having children piece together what happened in a story or to learn new vocabulary.
- Finger plays like the Itsy Bitsy Spider work wonders. Read this post on how todigitalize your finger plays using Blabberize.
- Trust kids with technology! My five year-old students complete online activities each week which I put in a wiki. Kids love technology and will repeat what they learn.
- Explore the outdoors.
- Use realia- My students play Bingo with pennies from the USA. Introduce real world objects to students from an English speaking culture. Play Show-and-Tell!
- When all else fails, have fun!
These are more resources to help you teach young learners.
- EFL Teacher’s Kit for Surviving Kids- In this post, I explore more tips for working with young learners.
- Learning Beyond Walls- Games and Wikis!- In this post, I explore how to use wikis with young learners.
- Character Development Using Voki Speaking Avatars- In this post, I explore how to use Voki speaking avatars to get young learners to think about character development for digital storytelling.
- What Works: Cooperation vs. Competition- In this post, I explore how cooperative learning improved the culture and behavior of my young learners.
- Getting Children Involved with Edtech- In this post, I explore using Voicethread for class collaboration projects.
- Mobile Motivation: 17 Digital Storytelling & Literacy Apps/ Resources for Kids- These apps will have your young learners speaking English using a mobile device.
- Parent Release Form for Publishing Student Work Online
- Parent Release Form for Publishing Student Work Online PDF
- VoiceThread Tutorials and Tips for Educators
- Glogster Tutorials and Tips for Educators
- Voki Tutorials and Tips for Educators
- Digital Storytelling Tutorials and Tips for Educators
My Slide Presentations
- Classroom Games for Young Learners
- Using Cell Phones with YLs: 10+ tips
- Chants & Rhyming Games
- Cooking Up Some Good CLIL
- Fun with Flashcards
- Kids Sharing Stories: Mobile Learning
- Making Reading Fun for YLs
- Visualizing Vocabulary
- Digital Storytelling
A list of YL blogs and Sites
- Early EFL
- Teaching Village
- Reflections of a Teacher and Learner
- Sabrina’s Weblog
- Esra’s Englishous Blog
- Carol Read’s ABC of Teaching Children
- For English Teachers – Angoltanároknak
- Ozge Karaoglu’s Blog
- So This is English
- MY INTEGRATING TECHNOLOGY JOURNEY
- Picture Books in ELT
- MABUHAY CLASSROOM
- Children Learning English Affectively
Use one of these resources or ideas and share with me how the experience went with your learners.