This is part ten of my blogging challenge.
As a veteran teacher it is easy to fall into the trap of doing things a certain way just because I’ve done them that way for years, without remembering the reason why.
I’ve decided to set myself a blogging challenge – reflect on one tip from each of the 18 sections that compose Penny Ur’s latest book: “100 Teaching Tips”, so as to dust off old practices that may have remained unexamined for too long.
Tip number 54: Personalize
I didn’t expect this particular tip to include anything new for me as I have written personalized worksheets for individual students many times over the years. Sometimes it’s the only way to reach a student and get him / her involved and moving.
But I have never tried personalizing the grammar exercises in the students’ books! I love ideas that are fun and don’t require advance planning. Though me being me, I’ve already decided to tweak it…
The author suggests having students replace names in the grammar exercises with names of people they know or even names of students in class.
Since students in special Ed classes are particularly sensitive and I have to ensure no student insults another ( even completely unintentionally!) I think I’ll create a “name box”. I’ll ask students to write down names of their favorite celebrities from any field on pieces of paper and place them in the box. It will be good for the students to check how the names are actually written as my students (with their hearing and speech difficulties) often distort names. Then, when working on grammar, they can draw from the box to see who the sentence they must work on relates to.
I’m going to try this. I’m sure I have a small empty box in class. If not, I’ll send out the message to everyone to keep a gift chocolate box for me ( minus the chocolate…)
Have you tried it?