Happy Tuesday, everyone!
I’m not much of a morning person, so lately I’ve been thinking a lot about setting up classroom routines to help cut down on prep-time, and make mornings run more smoothly. I find that teaching is less stressful when I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to say just after I greet my students.
One idea that I’ve been thinking about is starting with a class segment that I’ll call Expressions of the Day. I’m simply going to start each class by introducing a couple of useful English expressions, explain how they’re used, and have students come up with a few example sentences. Every day, I’ll challenge students to try to use one of their new expressions at some point during the class.
I plan to choose phrases that either (a) I personally use in everyday life, or (b) could be helpful in understanding media and cultural references. I’ll to try to avoid cute but outdated idioms like, “raining cats and dogs.” Students seem to like that one, but to be honest, I don’t know any native speakers who wake up, look out the window, sigh and say, “It’s raining cats and dogs again.” Most people I know just say, “Ugh. Rain.”
And that’s it! Simple but practical, I hope.
If you’d like to try this out along with me, I’ve created this little graphic organizer, which you can view and print right here: Expression Organizer
If anyone is interested, one of these days I’ll post an expression checklist that you can keep on hand so that you never run out of ideas.
- Have you tried this out? How did it work out?
- Do you already have any similar routines in your class?
- Would a useful expression checklist be helpful to you?
I’d love to hear your thoughts. If you have a moment, please post ’em in the comment box below.