by Joanne Hingley
Joanne Hingley has been teaching for over 20 years. She loves following and applying research that represents best practices in the teaching and acquisition of reading, writing and numeration skills. She is currently teaching a Literacy and Basic English class at TIES.
I have three ideas that I keep front and centre when I am teaching my Literacy students. They reflect beliefs that I have about teaching and learning and are relevant in both the real and virtual classroom. I sum it up as A–C–E.
One of the pair activities that my students enjoy is using a ‘Tap Sheet’.
With this tap sheet, each student writes their home country in the empty box on the sheet. Then, partner A begins speaking while simultaneously tapping on the words on the page.
“Where are you from? Partner B then answers, while tapping, “I am from _______.
Sharing finished projects is also a great pair activity that promotes communication. In this photo (right), the students share booklets that they have written about themselves.
Small Group Activity
Small group activities allow everyone to be involved in the task at hand. These students are working together to arrange several number lines sequentially from 0-100. Next, they match number cards that represent multiples of fives.
Large Group Activity
The Language Experience Approach is an excellent large group activity that encourages talking in the classroom.
Our common experience was a trip to Heritage Park in Calgary, Alberta.
The students created a story about their excursion. We were able to use this story for many phonological and phonemic awareness activities.
We used a combination of digital images on the SMART Board, as well as printed photographs. The students enjoyed holding photographs in their hands and using them for inspiration in their writing projects.
We added digital books as well as soft covered books to our classroom library.
Going forward, I would like to develop more ideas to keep my students actively involved in their learning. I hope that this blog post might inspire teachers to share ways that they encourage active and engaging participation in their lessons.