John wrote in to ask:
I don’t think my kids yet understand the concept of “Losing means try again”. When I explain the concept to them, it seems to go right over their heads. What can I do?
Ah yes, Genki English Rule No.2 : Losing means “Try again!”
The problem seems to be that kids have been brain washed to believe this isn’t true * in school. *
(Even though outside school they use it everyday.)
And it’s even tougher if you can’t explain it in the kids’ native language.
But there is one really, really, really easy way to teach this …..
Just let the kids play a bit in class.
Then take it off them (be prepared for tears!) and ask them what they did when they lost.
Of course, they try again!
There you go!
Then just tell them it’s the same in English class.
(Well, every Genki class really.)
They might be shocked – after all this goes against everything every teacher has ever taught them – but will usually be relieved and go “Nice!”
School is just like Angry Birds.
All kids know that losing means trying again – even 3 year olds play Angry Birds.
We just have to let them know it is OK * in school *
And it is actually a brilliant way to learn.
Getting other * teachers * to get this, well that’s a whole other story!
Maybe buying them an ipad?
P.S. Years ago I used to do this with Tetris. Guess that shows my age!