How is your week going?
Today I come with some ideas to help you when creating activities !
First of all I would like to say that all my recommendations are based on my experience, and may help you or not…
In my opinion a good activity always depends on the students, on the teacher, on the atmosphere, on the number of pupils…. Anyway I will recommend you some tips that I found useful when creating an activity.
This is one of the most important tips ( for me) to take into account when creating activities for young students. After some years, I have observed that children get bored easily, and we can avoid this situations if we creat short tasks.
Sometimes, we think that SHORT tasks can be less interesting and challenging than the long ones, but when we are planning them for young students, this is going to be different. I am sure you will agree with the aidea that children have troubles to pay attention and concentrate, that’s why with long-time activities they get bored.
Of course they should be challenging!
It means that they should be a little bit difficult for them (input +1). If the activity is too easy, they will do it without enough effort to learn something new.
But take care! Challenging doesn’t mean too difficult. The level of the activity should be difficult enough for them to follow and don’t get lost.
- Create and build
- Search information
- Match contents
- Problem solving
SIGNIFICATIVE AND INTERESTING
Good activities should be planned taking into account our student characteristics. It is important to make them part of the activity, and it means to integrate them as the main part of the learning process.
I’ve observed that it is better when they discover something by themselves than when you explain it. In my opinion nowadays we should be helpers and guides.
In this case, the observation is so important. When you know how your students are, you can create activities that can help them.
- Ask them questions
- Match the activities with a topic
- Try to design activities they can relate easily with their lives.
CLEAR AND ADAPTABLE
It is so important to present CLEAR activities to our students. When I say CLEAR I mean to be sure about the organization, the material you will need, the space…
I also include ADAPTABLE, because as you know, with children, sometimes the activities you’ve planned at home become so different in class…
SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT
After some years teaching, I have deteced that children really enjoy different activities because they are so excited for a new thing. It is nice to prepare tasks that require different abilities and make your pupils adapt quickly in class.
But… It is also nice to REPEAT activities. Usually they are happy to do something they already know, because they feel confident.
And this is one of my FAVOURITE ideas to prepare SHORT, CHALLENGING, SIGNIFICATIVE AND INTERESTING, CLEAR AND ADAPTABLE, SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT!
As I probably told you, I like to have my students in groups. Each group has a plastic folder, and sometimes, they find something inside. The idea of the mystery folder is to make them work in groups in order to complete a short task.
SHORT: They have around 2/3 min to complete the task.
CHALLENGING: They need to be so concentrated and they have to organize themselves quickly to complete the activity.
SIGNIFICATIVE AND ADAPTABLE: These tasks are related to the contents they are studying of course!
CLEAR AND ADAPTABLE: They are simple to understand and they can be done easily.
SIMILAR AND DIFFERENT: Some of them are activities that they already know, and others are completely new!
- Writing sentences
- Lists of words
- Search the differences
- Find the mistakes
That’s all for this week!
I hope you find it interesting!