Gallery walk : Learning by moving

Gallery Walk : Learning By Moving Around

Trust me. When I say that it’s boring to stay still in a classroom for an hour, I really do mean it!

If I had a dollar for every time I caught my students dozing of or scanning their phones in my class, I’d gladly give up my salary (wink). You peeps agree with me?

Teaching ESL is not easy and I feel sorry for the learners too who have to cope with a dozen other problems besides learning a new language. A month into teaching my new batch, it reflected in their behavior. I wasn’t happy.

I had to try a new approach. So, I buckled up and folded my sleeves to work on introducing a new learning technique.

Enter, Gallery Walk.

Gallery walk is not something new and is quite popular among teachers and students. It’s a learning technique where students learn by walking around the classroom. What again? Yes. Moving in groups.

Here’s how it works…

I used this for the first time for teaching figures of speech. Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, and Personification to start with.

– First divide your class into small groups (4 in each group should be fine)

– Make six different sets on your current topic and put them up in six different locations in your classroom. You can include questions, pictures, quotes, examples, plain text, etc in each of those sets.

– Every group will start from one location spend some time (Max 8 minutes) reading, viewing, understanding and writing down their responses and interpretation on a chart paper. Then, move over to the next location.

– The next groups will do the same and till they all finish one round of all the locations. As a teacher, you must guide them if they have doubts and ensure their responses are recorded on their group charts.

– Rotate the groups through the locations so that they could read other group’s responses and add their own comments. This improves value addition to each answer as there will be some students who are brighter than the others and can provide better insights.

– Once you complete this exercise, assemble the groups together and make them read their old comments and the additions made by others.

What’s the benefit?

  • Students are not bored
  • There’s active participation
  • It improves communication among students
  • All students are at par and no doubts go unanswered
  • The work is monitored by the teacher and students together
  • The concepts are well explained

I tried it and it worked. My students could differentiate between the four selected figures of speech and some students even helped out the others by using their own examples.

You also can give it a try and tell me how it worked for your students. Toodles!

QR Codes in the classroom.

QR Codes? Scanning?

Kids today love SmartPhones and the best way to make learning more interesting and fun is to reach to them over their favorite platform.

This is an innovative way of using Smartphones in classroom productively.

Teaching in the Primary Years

QR Codes are a fantastic tool to use in the classroom. QR Codes are abbreviated from Quick Response Code. They are a 2D barcode that can have a website, text, video, email address, voice thread and many others features embedded into the code.

I begun using QR Codes to help students to reflect on their learning. Many of us have set questions that we use to help students develop the skills to reflect on lessons. These questions can lose their appeal for both students and teachers as everyone knows what question is coming next. That’s when I decided to make these QR Cubes where students simply role the cube, scan the code and are given a question where they reflect on their learning, the lesson or the teacher. Reflection Cube Template

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These cubes enlightened me to the potential of using QR Codes in the classroom. The excitement and buzz of students wanting to…

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Happy Holidays!

Hello, everyone!

It’s been a while since I updated my  blog. I’ve been preoccupied with too many things and considering it is the holiday season, things will only get more hectic I’m sure. And before I get too busy, I thought I should take some time off and wish all you lovely people!

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Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones!

Cheers!

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