Hello, everyone! Chris here. Teachers all have their own little habits, myself definitely included. Here are a few of the little things I do in my EFL classroom.
1. Asking for adjectives:
I like to use physical objects a lot. Puppets, small objects to pass, etc. I like to ask students “is this big or small?” or “what color is this?”
2. Opportunities for counting:
Erasing the board? Making groups? Clearly count out loud. Students, especially in elementary school, will start counting with you. Numbers are one of those things that need to be constantly reinforced in a “use it or lose it” way.
3. Go big:
Pantomime can be incredibly useful for clarity, especially with verbs and feelings. It doesn’t need to be a gesture-based activity. When I want students to say something or repeat me, I hold my hand behind my ear and lean forward. If I want them to take out a pencil, for example, I take out a pencil at the same time.
Show me > tell me is a big part of my teaching philosophy.
4. Change up the routine:
What are some things you do every or nearly every lesson? Practice the alphabet? Check the calendar? To keep that fresh, I like to change things a little so they have to think about it and not just automatically respond. For example, I like to ask students “what’s the next letter?” or “can you say it backwards?” when we do a quick alphabet review.