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Daily Routine topic (Yawn)

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by donksdoodles, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Is anyone willing to share some ideas to liven up the topic of daily routine?? Key Stage 3 Spanish - most grateful for any of your ideas!! I'm really struggling and want to keep pupils engaged!!

  2. why not do Rafa's daily routine....make some outrageous things up that he does but keep the
    times and the structures the same at the scheme of learning

    Include things like

    ice bath
    gym work
    dinner with press

    etc get pictures from internet and make a story board of his day and then get other celebs etc.....

    oh i wish i had a job!!!
  3. marmot.morveux

    marmot.morveux New commenter

    When I had farrrrrrrrrr too much time on my hands, I took photos of a cuddly toy doing 'his' morning routine - got the kids discussing, what, sir, is that yours?! In fact I had Gromit do his and Shaun the Sheep do his too...I used one of the two sets for various powerpoint games and the other to introduce the vocabulary. Homework....do your own sequence of photos with captions....
  4. musiclover1

    musiclover1 New commenter

    There is a website calld domo animate where they can make cartoon stories. Haven't used it yet but it looks good.
    You could get them to guess what time you get up, what you eat for breakfast etc. And /or guess their partner's.
  5. noemie

    noemie Occasional commenter

    How about giving it a citizenship twist by looking for the daily routine of a child in a developing country and how it compares to their own? If you speak French, you might be able to do something with this: http://burkinafaso.coteazur.free.fr/documents/journee_college_legmoin.pdf
    Or perhaps look at different meals eaten around the world, then look at different routines, or guess which country it comes from etc: http://www.buzzfeed.com/mjs538/what-school-lunches-look-like-in-20-countries-arou
    I'm a French specialist so unfortunately haven't got any Spanish resources up my sleeve, but I've just taught a routine song to my Y8 and they keep singing it at me - they even made up a rap remix of it! And yet I agree with you, it's potentially the most boring topic on the curriculum, but they love it :)
  6. frenchy18

    frenchy18 New commenter

    For several years I used realia and lay asleep on the floor in my dressing gown as the kids come in, not always possible if lesson is straight after another.I had an alarm clock set at the back of the room and then introduced my little routine with a cereal bowl, tootbrush etc. The kids like it and remember it and they like gett!ing to try on your dressing gown etc when they say the phrases.....bring in an old one Have not used this this year however, as not really felt as enthusiastic about teaching as in previous years, after the GCSE farce this year, I have lost a lot of enthusiasm and drive, which is a shame!
  7. ojala

    ojala New commenter

    I could play devil's advocate here and say why do we feel that we have to teach each topic in a revolutionary, exciting way? What's wrong with drilling reflexive verbs, giving them lots of examples to do and them getting the satisfaction of getting it right?
  8. castellano7

    castellano7 New commenter

    I like the ideas about using realia, sounds fun! Ojala, I do agree with you to a certain extent that it does feel that teachers must 'entertain' pupils and that it is our fault if they don't enjoy the subject and do well because we haven't made the lesson 'engaging' enough - I am just finishing my PGCE with the OU and waiting to start a job in January and one of the aspects which I really dislike in our education system is that now all the responsibility is on the teacher, the pupils seem to take no responsibility if they don't do well, and as hard as we try to engage them, there is only so much we can do at the end of the day. However, I do try to make my lessons as interesting as possible, not just for the pupils, but for me as well! Some of the topics are really quite boring, and I do think we remember information better if it is presented in a different or unusual way.
    Just thought I'd have my say!
    P.S. For making daily routine more interesting, I saw a reading text once about a 'naughty' boy's day, it was something like 'Martin el malo', 'me levanto muy tarde', 'como chocolate para el desayuno', 'no escucho a mis profesores en clase', 'llego tarde a casa' etc, might get their attention...

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