Second Lesson

Friday’s lesson went better than Wednesday’s.

What I did differently: I ‘copied’ what Grace did to ensure participation. The class had already been divided into groups. What I did was to introduce a point-system. The way to earn these points was to participate in class. However, to ensure that everyone participates, each person who answers can no longer answer until everyone in the group has answered. This prevents the stronger students from dominating and ensures even the weaker students have a chance to speak.

Next, I told them that every week, the points will be tallied and on Friday, the group who scores the most point will get a reward from me.

Thirdly, bite-seized chunks and focused topic. Previous lesson, I tried to do too many things without giving them ‘take-up time’. This time, actual teaching/explanation was only 5 – 10 mins with sufficient concept check questions. Once the students have demonstrated they understood the concept, one more ‘stretch’ question is given. the ‘stretch’ question is a question that is just a little bit more challenging and if students are able to answer it, it shows that they really understood the concept instead of memorising a set formula.

After the concept checks and the ‘stretch’ question, students were then given the rest of the lesson to complete the exercises provided. While they were busy working on the questions, I went around to monitor their work and I’m happy to say that all were on task.

It’s a good end to the week.

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Jay is an educator working in a secondary primary school. He has a Bachelor's in English Language and Literature. He also has a CELTA. He loves to play board games, card games and video games. He also plays the guitar and the cajon. He is now also very happily engaged.

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