Speed dating learning activity

19-Nov-2019 08:00

Valentine’s Day is fun, but I don’t want to miss a day of language learning just for fun. I let them know they will be “speed dating” and they need to find out important info about this new person. You won’t want to date them if they are 10 years old.

Speed-dating is great for getting students to use the language in short conversations. Don’t leave without finding out their name (and number if interested! I encourage them to pretend they are someone else if they want to.

My course is an intermediate-level neuroscience course that builds on knowledge they should have gained in more introductory-level work. Previously, in two other schools where I have led whole-school CPD, I have limited the creative options in training sessions for staff.Perhaps I am at fault for my own set of expectations; plus the context of the school and the school priorities of that time should be kept in mind, but this evening, I led a staff CPD session that was innovative, creative and engaging.Most of these units will be implemented sometime this semester.I had set up a Google Doc for teachers to post when they would be teaching a unit and would welcome peer observers so that other teachers could sign up to visit. During each rotation, meet with a different teacher to exchange brief information about at least one Ub D: -Title/Subject/Grade Level -Transfer Goal -Understandings -21 Room Set up: The expectation was that by the end of the meeting, everyone would have signed up to observe at least one other teacher, and have at least one person coming to observe them.

My course is an intermediate-level neuroscience course that builds on knowledge they should have gained in more introductory-level work. Previously, in two other schools where I have led whole-school CPD, I have limited the creative options in training sessions for staff.Perhaps I am at fault for my own set of expectations; plus the context of the school and the school priorities of that time should be kept in mind, but this evening, I led a staff CPD session that was innovative, creative and engaging.Most of these units will be implemented sometime this semester.I had set up a Google Doc for teachers to post when they would be teaching a unit and would welcome peer observers so that other teachers could sign up to visit. During each rotation, meet with a different teacher to exchange brief information about at least one Ub D: -Title/Subject/Grade Level -Transfer Goal -Understandings -21 Room Set up: The expectation was that by the end of the meeting, everyone would have signed up to observe at least one other teacher, and have at least one person coming to observe them.The speed-dating model enables students to learn social skills – including how to introduce themselves to others, how to discuss their interests and ask questions of others and how to attend to other people’s communication, all of which are vital skills in any context – and practice them repeatedly in short, meaningful peer-led interactive episodes.