We started reading Poor Anna in the beginners’ class yesterday. Wow. That’s the fastest I’ve ever read the first few pages with a group, and it still felt slow…but they really got it all. We were doing a lot of parallel storyasking. Again, I credit the speedier TPRS results to MovieTalk this year.
In the advanced class, we have been continuing our fairy-tale unit, so we’ve been reading (after story asking) in that group too.
I wanted them to re-read, and so I set up a jeopardy game for each class. The MSU Clear Rich Internet Activities site is a godsend. Their “Quiz Break” game is fast to set up. I spent literally ten minutes setting up a game for each of two classes. (PS You can do further edits on these, but remember to check what you called a game the first time, because you’ll have to give it the same name if you don’t want multiple copies showing up on your list.)
For once, I liked how I worked with it after that. First, we reviewed the reading (yeah, re-reading!). Then pairs of kids got whiteboards, markers and erasers. I would show a jeopardy square, and they would write the answer quickly. In one class, I gave credit to only the pair who finished first; in the other group, I gave credit to multiple right answers. White boards were waving all over the room! They kept track of their points. Here’s the game my beginners played. The headings aren’t very creative, because I really only took ten minutes to make up the game.
Then we went to the lab, where the kids played in pairs on individual computers. I put the link to the game into a post on our class website for them to get to it easily. After that, they took quizzes on Quizlet. I really liked giving them whiteboards to begin with, so that they were all trying to do it (instead of counting on just one person to give them the answers on a side in the classroom), and then breaking them into pairs meant that they read the questions again. What I might do in the future is reverse it, taking the books into the computer lab and making them have to really look for the answers. That way they might be a little more prepared for the game.
Repetition, repetition! Russians say, “Repetition is the mother of learning.”