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Ahh, didn't see it down there, excellent! As you say, in your language gardening journey, you have reached the end of the beginning now :-) Haha! (Sorry about the crashing, that is not good)
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2011 on Playing with plants... at Magpie Moments
Well, you are a magpie, so it's to be expected. but, phew, thanks Sally. And yes, it is a very pretty image.
I see. Good to hear your classes are more manageable. Having a wide variety of levels in one class is perhaps the situation I find most difficult to work with.
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2011 on October Optimism... at Magpie Moments
Hi Anna! This is great stuff! Perfect little language plants showing adjective-noun combinations, how my very first ones looked like. How you've used the tool, as a way to present language that occurred in the lesson, is one of the main ways I can envisage it being used. Iwbs, so they say, are yesterday's news. It's touch screens now. Ask you boss for a class set of ipads instead ;-) Thanks once again for your involvement in this challenge, it is truly appreciated, and I hope you had fun using it. Will your learners get to see your creation?
Toggle Commented Oct 12, 2011 on Playing with plants... at Magpie Moments
Great!! Are you going to Natecla this weekend?
Toggle Commented Jul 6, 2011 on Creating Readers - Mahfuza's Day at Magpie Moments
Very nice! Story-telling with a prop.
I think the volunteering idea has a lot of potential. In fact, I think every ESOL college should have a list of possible posts. Had never thought about it before, but think it's a brilliant idea. It could really mushroom. (But let's not get carried away...)
Hi Anna, I like Naomi's suggestions, but I feel more like Ceci, that we all go through this, and I wanted to offer support by commenting, and that politicians that set the rules probably can't speak any words in another language (except "dolce et decorum est pro patria mori"). However, how about this: ask them to bring in some of their children's school books and use that as a lesson. In that way, you'd be linking the family together, which is what schools always want, and that could even eventually result in their children showing them the work they've done in school and teaching them the subject at home, e.g the Romans, using English as the medium.
Toggle Commented May 14, 2011 on A moment of melancholy... at Magpie Moments
Very interesting follow-up comments.
Toggle Commented Apr 6, 2011 on Butterflies and Bowties... at Magpie Moments
Fantastic, both of you. I think Jason has found a technique here, and the materials to support it that help learners create highly professional work. I do believe, and your class supports this, that the quality of the end-product affects the process. In a product/process dichotomy, product always (usually?) gets brushed off, but you can't have a process without a product in mind. When you're working on the text, do you find that learners come up with a number of possibilities, e.g. we like trips, we love trips, we really like outings etc.? Who ultimately decides on the final draft? What happens to the unused language?
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2011 on Butterflies and Bowties... at Magpie Moments
Great idea to get your learners to use notebooks as coursebooks. You could even get them to make their own, much cheaper too. Just get blank paper, some stiffer paper for the cover, a hole puncher (the ones that have lots of holes look neater than the ones with just two), and some wool to tie the pages. Using wool means you can cut and add extra pages from time to time, especially if you've got some handouts. Get them to write in each others' books, and as you teach mixed language ESOL, they can write short messages in their L1s. At the end of the course, they all write farewell messges so that in years to come they'll have a lovely record of the class, more personal than any coursebook could ever hope to achieve.
I really like the activity you describe, I've never done it, and Naomishema's suggestion is very interesting. It reminds me of an activity where you have a picture of something, e.g. an elephant, then the learners have to put the new words on it somewhere, so they must find links, often imaginatively. Why I like Naomishema's suggestion is that looking at a thing, and then trying to find an adjective, might be constricting, but getting a whole load of adjectives, with an emphasis on these first, and then having to find something to put them on might work better in some ways.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2011 on Trying some ESOL Challenges... at Magpie Moments
Hi Anna, thank you very much for the positive write up. I hope the Entry Ones like it.
This is a fabulous set of activities.
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Feb 27, 2011
How about a mind map on the subject? You could sketch one out beforehand so you have an idea of what could go in it, and then build it up in class on the board, with key words that learners can add to and find collocations. Its structure would reflect all the different aspects of the discussion. Then you could use it to give a brief talk/summary, pointing to the words as you talk about each branch. If the learners are confident enough to give it a go too, that would be great.
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2011 on Larry Ferlazzo's Best Sites... at Magpie Moments
Another great activity. Please write to me at david@languagegarden.org , I'd like to share some language plant activities with you. One activity is exactly the same as the one you describe here, but because it's interactive, you click the word on and off instead of rubbing it off by hand. With coloured backgrounds, in the end you're left with just empty spaces for the learners to read. As you say, it's amazing what can be remembered.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on Disappearing text... at Magpie Moments
Great story.
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on Collaboration... at Magpie Moments
Amazing plants, Anna! In your comments on LG, you said how it clicked into place, how you realised words can branch off from each other, and letters within words too. Hopefully the next teacher would pause briefly to admire your work, before muttering "how rude not to clean the board"! David
Toggle Commented Feb 18, 2011 on A moment of language gardening... at Magpie Moments
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