After yesterday’s less than positive (but heavily commented!) post, I figured it would be good to balance things up with at least what I think is an example of good teaching. And it isn’t even Genki English! 😉
They’re techniques called “Power Teaching” designed by Chris Biffle. They are similar to what great teachers have been doing for a long time, but Chris has boiled them down to several key techniques that anyone can use. Here’s a fantastic introduction video, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
1) Class – YES. Whenever the teacher claps and says “Class”, the kids clap back and say “YES”. Gets their attention every time.
2) Teach – OK. The teacher teaches something, then claps, then says “Teach”. The kids clap back, say “OK” and teach the item to their partner. Perfect way to learn by teaching.
3.) The scoreboard – keeping a score, but check the sounds he has them make, isn’t that so cool!
4) Micro Lecture. Teacher talking = snoozy students. Split the lesson into tiny, tiny little parts you introduce then do “Teach-OK”
5) Hands and eyes – how to get the kids’ attention for an important point.
6) Comprehension check – as the kids are doing “Teach – OK” wonder around the class to see if they really have understood it or not.
Isn’t that so easy and so amazing?
Fair enough the video is done by the guy who invented the method and these look like a really good class of college kids, so how do real teachers get on with it…
1st grade “Days of the Week”
The most impressive part of this are the videos of teachers using the exact same techniques in other grades. For example have a look at this 1st grade class. You also get the bonus of seeing a cool song for teaching “Days of the Week”.
6th graders giving you a hard time? Not in this class, just look at the attention on their faces!
(Note: you need to be able to speak the kids’ language to teach these rules. For example in Japan “class” means the classroom and most kids would never make the link between the English and Japanese meanings. If you can get the class teacher to help it would be great!)
Are these teachers super fantastic teachers? Well, yes, otherwise they wouldn’t have taken the time to learn these new techniques. But they are things that anybody can learn, I know I’m going to try them out. The other day at the ETJ conference the workshop on discipline was the most popular. I’ve got a post coming up about discipline soon, but if kids all learnt like this then there’d be no discipline problems at all.
Heads up and much gratitude to Joelle for sending me the original links!
What do you think, is there anything you can use here?