One of my favourite things about teaching English is all the variety I can implement in the lessons. I can get bored pretty fast, and a bored teacher equals a bored class.
I love reading stories with my classes. It gives them vocabulary and usage, plus some concept that I hope goes with them. Last week I read Miss Rumphius to my two 12 yr. old girls. I completely identify with Miss Rumphius in her life goals: to travel to far-away places, live by the sea, and make her world more beautiful.
This post inspired me to do something with the girls to make their world more beautiful. So I told them to bring some small stones to the next lesson. We painted them with little postive messages (this is an English lesson) that they came up with. Never say never. Smile! Hi, sunshine! Someone (heart) U. Tomorrow is another day.
Today we took the painted little stones and a tube of glue to the train station, looked for deserted places, because we didn’t want too many people to watch us, and glued the stones here and there. On a cement trash can. On a curb by the stairs. On a planter. The girls took great pride and thought in where they placed them, and we had fun, funny conversations the whole 45 min. as we walked and laughed in the sun. Part of the assignment was to talk in English the whole time, and they complied perfectly.
Then we walked to the ice cream kiosk for cones, which completed the lesson. We talked about our lessons finishing in five weeks, and they said they want to come back next year because they like lessons here, and their English is improving. Words this teacher fairly purrs at.
I want to see if the stones are still there in a week or two. Someone could easily kick them away if they wanted. But it doesn’t matter because I think two young girls know the phrase “make the world more beautiful” and that’s why I love stories.
6 thoughts on “Make the World More Beautiful”
You’re right that a bored teacher makes a bored class. But it’s still easy to become lazy and skip the extra things that also make more work. It makes me a little jealous that Maria is moving over and will see you frequently when I haven’t see you since… choir tour in ’05? How I’d love to have a good chat again! Keep up the creative teaching 🙂
It would be great fun to catch up after all this time! Maybe now we’ll find out more about each other through Maria. =)
What a lovely thing to do! I think I want to come be in your English class. You could use all your big words on me, and teach me Polish instead of English. I’ll teach you something, I don’t know what yet, because I’m pretty sure you know much more than I do. 🙂
Ginny, you know more words than I! You know we would just laugh at each others’ usage!
Oh, Anita. Do you know how lucky your students are to have you? I hope you grasp at least a wee bit of its tail.
Love the post. And the ideas in it.