Educational material created by Prof. Alejandra Masis Artavia, 2011. 2. INTRODUCTION This presentation’s aim is to provide teachers with ten low-cost teaching tools. Moreover, it seeks to explain the importance of using these tools and how they can be used in several ways, as Kevin McCaughey states in his article. 3. Tool 1: Scissors (and scratch paper)Importance of using scissors: they transform a single piece of scratch paper into 10, 20, and even 50 paper squares. These paper squares can be distributed to students for instant writing tasks.
The pieces of paper can be used to generate describing and guessing games. Craft-oriented tasks like cutting and slicing. 4. Tool 2: Timers Importance of using timers:- Students should know how much time they have to finish the task. – Students know about their progress- Time management and self-pacing are encouraged. – Time limits can change the mood of a task. Get a visible countdown device. 5. Tool 3: Call bell Importance of using a call bell: teachers use this tool to call students’ attention without relying on their own voice; it fosters effective time management.
You can use any sound device (a whistle, a buzzer).
You can use specific musical themes recorded on your MP3 player, computer, or cell phone. You should have a different sound to START and STOP a task. 6. Tool 4: pizza box lids Importance of using pizza box lids: teachers can create board games on the box lids. The advantages of using pizza box lids:- They are light, durable, flattish, and easy to carry. – Students will enjoy creating their own board games. – Students increase creativity and critical thinking.
Textbook Analysis Mathematical Tools Mathematical tools are objects or ideas that teachers utilize to demonstrate and teach concepts in all areas of math. These mathematical tools include hands-on activities such as: games, worksheets, additional resources, literature. Textbooks should be evaluated on how they use mathematical tools in each chapter and lesson. Some tools are essential when ...
All sorts of cardboard boxes will work: cereal boxes, drink cartons. 7. Tool 5: Dice Importance of using dice: Teachers can design countless activities. Other benefits:- Teachers can create advanced tasks with two or more dice per group or dice of different colors. – Students and teachers can create their own dice from paper or cardboard, so dice allow for a lot of invention. 8. Tool 6: Colored markers Importance of using colored markers:- They are cheap enough. – Having a selection of colors makes writing and artistic tasks more fun. Students can combine art and language in comic strips or sequential art. – It is a solution to the lack of materials. 9. Tool 7: Sticky putty It is a clay-like adhesive that sticks things together such as papers to walls, windows, or desks. Importance of using this tool: teachers can post students’ creations on walls or windows. Some benefits: it won’t tear paper, discolor walls, or damage wallpaper; it can be recycled. 10. Tool 8: Modeling clay Importance of using modeling clay:- Teachers can create different activities.
Examples: “dic-clay-tion” and group project tasks. – Teachers can make tokens or game pieces by using different colors. 11. Tool 9: Playing cards Importance of using playing cards:- They can be adapted for countless language learning games. – They foster student group formation. They aid in group organization. 12. Tool 10: Javvy Javvy is a small gray stuffed animal. He has several functions in the classroom. Teachers can give different uses to a stuffed animal or puppet. 13.
RECOMENDATIONS The author suggests some activities to be done in class by using the teaching tools. However, teachers can come up with other great ideas on how to design learning tasks. Students of different level can carry out the activities proposed. Teachers decide the level of difficulty and the emphasis given. 14. CONCLUSION The author reflects his own teaching style by pointing out what teaching tools work best for him. We, as teachers, can choose the teaching tools that define our personal beliefs.
Ideas for Attention Deficit Children Children whose attention seems to wander or who never seem to "be with" the rest of the class might be helped by the following suggestions. Pause and create suspense by looking around before asking questions. Randomly pick reciters so the children cannot time their attention. Signal that someone is going to have to answer a question about what is being said. ...