Yesterday I was attending to a seminar where teachers were presenting their projects with students from different ages, different disciplines. I saw very good ideas that were put into practice but one thing that caught my attention was a testimony of one teacher saying how she felt her students grow during the project by doing basic things which they didn’t know how. Examples? Select the best piece of their own work; organize their things to promote a line of thought; applaud their friends by doing things better than themselves.
All these things that we consider basic are not for students. Another thing experience brought me was not to take students for granted. Yes, we have to teach them basic things.
Today, during our kids’ class we had a moment like that. By playing a game regarding school objects and colors, kids could manage time, competition and anxiety. One started crying. Then, she pulled herself together and started the game. One got nervous because wasn’t the winner. Then, he realized that his classmate’s work was better than his and accepted second place. And we’re talking about 5, 6 year-old kids!!
More than contents, they need to learn about themselves. Check below the activity:
Played a video that presented this vocabulary and the structure “What’s this?” here’s the link: https://youtu.be/TARreOtrWUg
We sang along. After watching two or three times, ask your students to pick these objects up from their material and the movement starts.
To conclude, in a separate sheet of paper, draw 6 boxes and ask them to draw the objects as long as they hear it in the song. Give them some time, but go changing the boxes and the objects. Correct their activity using the video.
Follows the same dynamics, but now use balloons. They have to draw 9 balloons and color them according to the song. Correct their activities by repeating vocabulary with kids. They will correct themselves!
Working with idioms is difficult and teaching them is always tricky for a teacher. I try to use the same technique both for me to improve my vocabulary and learn more about the language and for my students: I use images, connections.
Miss the boat, as in the title, is an example of idiomatic expression and there’s nothing to do with boats or water. The meaning is to have an opportunity and miss it.
But if I need to make connections to remember this meaning, I’ll leave here my line of thoughts.
Last month I saw a movie on TV called “En Solitaire”. I love French movies! There are always lots of feelings involved… and it goes: a man, a famous skipper, is about to leave on a competition around the world but something goes wrong and he believes he missed the boat. In order to keep his dream on, he asks his brother-in-law to go on his place and he accepts it. Everything is going just fine and Yann (the brother-in-law)leads the race until he has a problem with his boat and has to stop it for a few days. He finds out eventually that a boy has joined him in his boat and that could be the end of this adventure.
A great movie with a great ending. Loved it! And got me the connection I needed about opportunities and boats.