Friday, February 5, 2016

Quick Way to Use Sketches in Class

My co-teachers and I all pretended we were unable to talk today, as our crew came pouring in giddily after lunch. We waved at them, and they looked at us with questioning glances, then unbelieving stares. What was going on? What was this?
We pointed to our throats.
Then pointed to the board.
And the whimsy was in full motion.

Students began talking to each other, navigating the process verbs underlined, interpreting for each other, clarifying understanding, and helping each other with the tasks. What one student didn't understand, someone else did, and several got up to point to the visuals on the board. It's the small things that can make a big difference in learning!

It was such a joy to watch our classroom community build, and we had quite a bit of fun with charades to help when needed. Students navigated our warm-up question (and all the new vocab above and in the prompt) using Padlet for the first time ever, and we didn't have to say a word.

How did we manage to continue with the rest of the class?
Well, all I can say is that my ESL partner in crime worked her mysterious Costa Rican ways with some very well-time "Magic Tea".

One sip, and all was well again. ;-)

Here is our Padlet. Follow us as we journey into the world of the UN's Global Goals and all about Human Rights in the weeks to come.

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