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R is for relevant!

Recently, I spent all Sunday morning helping my 13 year old daughter study for an exam.  

Now don’t get me wrong I am more then happy to sacrifice a Sunday morning to help my daughter study… However, nothing makes my blood boil more than sacrificing a Sunday morning (or any morning) to help her study:

  1. Something she doesn’t understand because it hasn’t been explained to her (and what’s more is told she doesn’t need to understand it only memorise it)
  2. Something which is totally beyond her and irrelevant to her at this stage in her education and possibly forever depending on what career path she takes…
  3. Something that by her own admission she will have forgotten by next week (as she neither understands it nor the reason for learning it)

So what was it exactly that she had to study?
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Happy song, happy students, happy teacher!

Stick man dancingI recently completed a great course with Katherine Bilsborough on  iTDi about materials design. One of the assignments was to create materials based on an authentic text. I chose a song, an old feel-good favourite of mine Dancing in the Moonlight Toploader, and modified an activity I had already used in class. Although I used this activity originally with teens, I have since used it with adults with equally positive results.

In this activity, students practise listening for specific vocabulary whilst revising the phoneme /ai/.  Students also recall and practise using common homophones. Follow up activities are intended to develop digital literacy (see demo Padlet canvas), foster respect and tolerance and give students a voice (sharing opinions about what makes us happy), contributing to a positive classroom atmosphere.
Please use, adapt or share if you like this activity.

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