Motivating students is one of the key factors for a successful learning process. Motivating them can sometimes mean stepping out of your comfort zone as a teacher and doing something new and unusual together with them.
Last week we started with our monthly theme week and the first theme was Pyjamas and Dreams. The students came to school in their pyjamas and guess what… I was wearing pyjamas,too. If you ask your students to do something silly, funny, out of the ordinary, be prepared to do it as well. That way the students can relate to you more and you create a bond of trust. Of course, it is not a common thing for me to wear pyjamas and high heels but my students loved my “style”.
However, the purpose of the week was not just to put on our pyjamas and look silly, but it was an opportunity to talk about our dreams – what we dream about and what we dream of. Some groups had a task to draw their actual dreams and describe them to the rest of the class. Other groups wrote acrostic poems using the theme of the week and higher level groups wrote stories.
It is interesting to find out what your students dream about and of. One of my students dreams of becoming a make-up artist and I would never have guessed that about her. Another one (8 years old) wants to be a vet and have a pet shop. Her older sister also wants to be a vet AND a FISA approved rower. Z wants to be an FBI agent. I discovered that M is really good at writing poetry and stories.
I learnt new things about my students and now I can use my newly acquired knowledge to have a more personalized approach to teaching them.
(some of their work)
Every night in P yjamas
Y ou are having dreams
Come and J oin me
You dream A bout
M any things
S ome of your
may become R eal
E very dream
A ny time
M ay become true
If you S o believe then they can
A red spot on the wall
It was a rainy Sunday afternoon when I heard my mom yelling from downstairs.
“Merona!Theora! I hope you’ve cleaned your room because I’m coming up in 5 minutes!”
I looked at Theora in horror and said: “Quick, get the vacuum cleaner and I’ll pick up the clothes!”
As I was getting the vacuum cleaner out of the closet, I saw a big red spot on the wall.
“Merona, get a wash cloth and help me clean up this mess!”
As we tried to get rid of the spot on the wall, we realized that its texture was made of jello and that it was just getting bigger and bigger. It started falling apart and a hole was forming in the wall.
We couldn’t see past it so we decided to throw the closest thing next to us – my notebook. It disappeared inside the hole.
“Merona, are we going in next?”
“Okay, let’s do it!”
I took her hand and we jumped in.
Everything was pink! My whole body felt weird and I felt like I was floating. I looked to my right and saw Theora. I wanted to speak to her but I realized I wasn’t able to say anything. I took my phone out of my pocket, opened my front camera and saw that my mouth was stitched together. We both wanted to scream but we couldn’t.
I texted Merona asking her what we should do. Looking up from my phone, I saw that she wasn’t there. I started crying and heard a voice telling me to wake up. As I opened my eyes, I heard Merona say: “I know this might seem weird but there is a really big red spot on the wall and you need to help me clean it up before mom finds out!”
As I saw the same red spot I realized that we were stuck in this nightmare forever!