METAL SHEETS AND MASON JARS

METAL SHEETS AND MASON JARS

buy original viagra online IMG_2485[1]On and off, metal sheets and mason jars have been staples in my unofficial teaching supply kit.  I like to use magnetic pictures, words and bits and pieces of broken-down verbs because students can grab a different handful every time.  Years ago, when looking to purchase magnetic boards for the classroom, I got frustrated because they were expensive and flimsy, often with cardboard backing. So off to Home Depot I went, returning with thin metal strips which, at that time, cost about $1.50 each. I returned to Home Depot recently to add wider metal sheets to my collection.  Each sheet cost a little under $2.  I tend to use the magnets more in the beginning classes when students are building up vocabulary or trying to memorize the endings of regular verbs. Having them tell me the words for pictures easy-to-identity in Spanish and having them match the right ending to the root of a verb builds confidence early on.  If you are too busy to do the painstaking work of cutting up and laminating verbs and pictures, you could hire a high school student to do it for you.

prezzo vardenafil in farmacia The mason jars I use in all levels of instruction, filling them with loads of questions which reinforce whatever verb tense and vocabulary we are learning at the time.  Do you remember that old party game of pass-the-parcel?  IMG_2497[1]Well this is pass-the-mason-jar.  Around the table it goes, with each student drawing out a question, both reading it and answering it aloud. As someone who was shy to speak at first and who, in a large university beginners’ class, didn’t have the opportunity to speak as much as I would’ve liked, I understand the importance of nipping that shyness in the bud and creating activities which have students speaking most of the time.  The good thing about the mason jar activity is that it pulls the students’ gaze off the page (there’s no reading ahead and pre-formulating answers), forces them to answer on the spot (as they would have to do outside the classroom) as well as to really listen to what their peers are saying.  A larger class can be divided up into sub-groups, each group given their own jar.  For my advanced students, I have a collection of six jars on a tray, each jar numbered from one to six and containing a different verb tense  Each student rolls the dice and takes a question from the jar numbered the same as the number rolled on the dice.  What tense they get is a surprise and forces the student to think quickly on the spot.  This activity is also great for those last ten or fifteen minutes of a class when things are slowing down. Have students pack up and then send the mason jar around a few times.

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