Here’s Mido Farid’s game of the week, although this time it’s a very useful classroom control activity:
1. Tell the students that whenever you say “freeze!” they have to stop and remain completely still!
2. Even if they are playing a game or talking in an activity they have to freeze!
3. Give points to team members or individuals who keep frozen even when you try to make them smile!
This is a great idea to do in the first few lessons so that you can always stop the class at any point (for example if you forgot a rule in a game or find kids are all making a common mistake with the English) but as you make it into a fun “game” the kids love it!
The easiest way to teach it in the beginning is with the Eat! Drink! Dance! lesson – where you can also use it to calm down the sugar high younger kids!
Another alternative is to use the “I am a robot!” lesson and use the “switch off” phrase!