I’m starting to see where some people are coming from with their “negative” attitude towards games. When I first started teaching, games and songs were the staple of my English lessons (though I was ALL kindergarten back then.) Now, I play almost 0 games and rarely teach songs.
I still really like games. If I’m tired or the class needs a change of pace, that’s what I fall back on, but lately, I’ve been strictly business* in class (even with the kindergarten kids.) I’ve also found out that if they understand what they’re being taught and are not just parroting back what I say, they honestly enjoy just learning. They make up silly questions and sentences, and that’s enjoyment enough.
I’ve just started to notice this change from game master to game miser. Thought I’d share the thought with you other teaching folk.
I still use MAD amounts of Chinese in my kindergarten class, but I like it that way so they’re always comfortable talking (I’m still not totally sold on the ALL English environment thing.) A little bit after teaching the kindergarten kinds possessive pronouns and the Noun + Be + Noun grammar pattern (I believe, I still have a grammar white belt.) A kid came up to me and said 我哥哥很笨 paused for a second, then said “My brother is stupid!” I enjoyed that.
*strictly business = teaching grammar and reading almost directly
I’m in a rambly mood today I guess