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A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Oct 17, 2018. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread…Continue

Tags: children, abc, kids, phonics, reading

Stories to inspire and teach. Share yours.

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Jun 10, 2018. 79 Replies

 I'd like to share in this forum and would like others to share, short stories that might apply to education / teaching and that will inspire. I believe stories and a narrative are powerful, whether…Continue

Tags: hodja, tao, zen, professional_development, storytelling

Favorite Movie about Teaching?

Started by ddeubel in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by ddeubel Apr 23, 2018. 88 Replies

I'd like to compile a list of movies…Continue

Tags: best, video, film, teaching, movie


Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?

I know I might take a lot of flak for this but I'm labelling this teaching "genius". We have a Picaso, a Linnus Pauling, a Piaget in our midst! I want this guy to be my kindergarten teacher! Or maybe mud wrestle in jello some evening... stunning.

What do you think? Just be honest.
See the supersimplesong "how to" do this with kids - HERE

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Comment by Ellen Pham on April 6, 2010 at 2:59pm
I'm curious about "behind the scenes"... who came up with the concept? who wrote the script? who directed? whose idea was it to make a video? what were the other kids doing when this video was made? I bet they owe thanks to the moms ; )

Of course, in the US they ALL would have been expelled for using toy guns!

Take away the adult organization of the play and the permanence of the video, and this is what kindergarten without worksheets looks like, David : ).

Comment by ddeubel on April 6, 2010 at 11:57pm
I hear you Ellen. I didn't like the guns etc... but I didn't panic and tried to think about the whole thing/the whole idea of this. There was real "fun" and "learning". And yes, probably a helluva lot of work. But in some strange way, I liked that it challenged our "political correctness". Also, you really get a sense that these kids are not just amateurs - they have talent! It is real and a "production" that they obviously enjoyed. And overall, a lot of English was used in a very "real" way....

But interested to know what others think of the "appropriateness" of this kind of production/activity. I"m sure there are teachers who'd argue that the time would be better spent on other things.

Comment by Jo Weakley on April 7, 2010 at 12:09am
no ways! i think it was gorgeous, and brilliant! i wish my kindergarten kids could speak half as much English as that!! lol! I say well done
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 7, 2010 at 2:16am
David, I have raised two Vietnamese-American boys, I did not care about the gun props! :D But, in public schools in the US, if you bring in even the tiniest GI Joe (boy Barbie) gun, you are suspended! Very strict.

(I think the very mixed messages we give our children is... crazy making. Terrible gun violence on the TV every night, but a squirt gun will get you suspended, sometimes for days, or even expelled. It's a bit like suspending a primary age child for sexual harassment- lord, save us!! Yet the nightly rapes on TV go on and on... but I digress... and I am bored with my whole argument ; ) )

So is this an EFL class? Somehow I thought it was a regular kindie class, just with a lot of Asian kids in it :D

Comment by ddeubel on April 7, 2010 at 2:53am

Yes, i tire too over the contradictions, double messages, crazy tiptoeing we do in the classroom.....

Ellen, I think it is a mix of students. Some fluent, some bilingual, some learning English with some support at home. Usually a mixed bag like this in many kindergartens in major cities in Korea.

But this is a classic kindergarten game but you can do it with all elementary students.

1. Pick some students to come to the front of the class. They are detectives.

2. The students at the front - turn and face the board (or in kindergarten, sitting in a circle, they hide their eyes).

3. One student chosen by the teacher goes and steals a cookie from the cookie jar.

4. The whole class screams - "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?" and one by one, the students at the front guess by saying, "....... stole the cookie from the cookie jar".

5. The class replies - "No, he didn't" or "Yes, he did!"

6. If they guess correctly after 3/4 guesses (set a limit depending on the size of the class), they stay in the front and can eat the cookie!

This is a variation from the kids game - 7 UP. Here's a simple kindy version.

Comment by Ellen Pham on April 7, 2010 at 3:11am
I assumed it was in the US... you know, dreaming of dog ears... also, they look like my kids at that age :))))) Oh.

Chucky used to do this immitation of Van Damm. He'd bring two chairs up to the front ( of the class, or during talent show, on the stage... he did this trick for years) and say, this is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you- and proceed to do a split between the two chairs. Then he would jump up and off, and in dramatic fashion, grab his crotch and groan... then stand up and laugh.

This was how my kids occupied themselves in grades K-3, no kidding. Did I tell you about the conversation we had recently, and how the kids were grateful for their elementary school because they got to have a childhood?

Ohhh, they can eat the cookie... sounds much better than heads up/ 7 up!

Comment by ddeubel on June 24, 2010 at 12:08am
Here's a powerpoint version of this story/play that might be useful! Thanks to a student who put me on to this!
who stole the cookie.pptx

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