I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue
A work of art! A THING OF BEAUTY! You guys are CRAZY! Crazy good, that is. Do you know that somewhere, teachers get paid good money to create these things? Ok, I don't know exactly where, but I have bought curriculum of this quality. Whenever a teacher says she paid money for something, you know you've got something special.
I absolutely can't wait to see what curriculum you and your wife (you know, she really should have a name) come up with next.
BRAVO! BRAVO! BRAVO!
Have you tried it yet? Are you going to try it now (soon)? You must write up how it went. And take pictures : )
David, we must have a new page (section in our library) for winter camp ideas (simulations!)
Don't listen to Ellen!!!! (Except for the quality of this). Wow! I will comment more later but really send my honor your way at seeing the necessity and power of sharing these ideas. You aren't just sharing material but also inspiring and spreading knowledge. At this Christmas time, that's the gift and how we have the "so much" we do have. Because of knowledge and how it hasn't been coveted and commoditized but spread to empower so many, everywhere. That's the real spirit of education and which is Christmas.
Enough of this speech. Thank you and back to my wonderful Xmas dinner, which I'm as grateful for as knowledge!!!
It was a compliment David! I wasn't trying to make him go commercial!
Ok, what I meant to say is, anytime I have bought curriculum, it has been because I truly didn't think I could come up with something as good... and anyone who knows me knows I don't tend to underestimate myself that way :D
This winter camp curriculum is better than what I would come up with myself : ) No question about it.
I like the progression of ideas very much and the wind down at the end of the day. There are many ideas to use outright or adapt. Thank you so much. You could add another challenge - make a snow shoe from string and wood, after placing a weight on top of it, see how long it will stay on the surface of a mix of corn starch and water. The longest time afloat wins.
Really cool lesson. For only 3hrs a day the kids should get their fill of excitement. I just finished a winter camp where we were doing 12 hour days(including lunch and dinner) and the one thing i thought was missing was useful engaging outdoor activities. Thanks for sharing
I've been using the 'knot' idea - it's the most absorbed the students have been.
And listening to them, as they desperately spell out the name of the knot from the board,
is joy to my ears - no coaxing necessary.
Thank you so much for sharing this
Looks like a great plan but just a few bits of clarification...
In part 1 you hide bags. So if there are 4 teams and bags numbered 1-9 you would hide 36 bags + bonus ones. You place the bags randomly around the school and say ... GO! The students look around the school and try to find them. This takes maybe 10-15 minutes. Then you say you explain what each of the items is used for. How does that not intrude on the next part?
Some of the materials such as the first aid instructions seem to be missing. Are they available somewhere?
Great ideas David!
I'm especially keen on trying out the twig raft and the knot-tying ideas. My students are all adults,
but I see no reason at all why they wouldn't get as much out of these activities (if not more) than
the younger learners. Even without the scavenger hunt, these can easily be adapted to make
information exchange activities for language practice.