After I set them off on their first speaking activity, I could see that it was going nowhere.
"Do you trust me?" I asked my class.
"Yes, of course," they replied.
"You know that nothing I do with you will be a waste of your time, right?" I asked.
"Please close your books and clear your desk. You only need a piece of paper," I instructed.
They followed my instructions.
And so...using the same picture as I did with my group yesterday, I gave them 10 minutes to write about whatever emotions were evoked when they saw this.
|From Google Images|
One of my students, Mohi, happened to be in my office just after my class. I shared what happened in my class with him. He noted that I was very sensitive about my students and their feelings.
"How can I not be?" I asked him.
How am I possibly meant to teach (anything) when my students sit in front of me looking and feeling listless. With their minds preoccupied, far far away, of course it affects me, their teacher. I may as well not teach anything.
I sometimes need to break through to them before even attempting any kind of activity. Whether I do this by means of a joke or a short piece of music, it is by all means, my responsibility to ensure that they are fully with me during my lesson.
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