Happy Halloween from Korea!

Indigo Academy was in full Halloween mode today. All of the staff dressed up in costumes. The kids went to each teacher’s classroom to trick or treat and the lobby was full of snack food. It was a fun, hectic, exciting day.

As a special treat we made a haunted room, which the kids renamed “ghost room.” It was full of glow sticks, scary sounds, skeletons, cobwebs, glow in the dark tape, and a stuffed person with noodles as guts and everything. The kids were super excited, especially since I’m pretty sure they don’t usually celebrate Halloween.

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Board Classroom Management

Get it, “board” as in bored.

Bored might not even be the right word. It’s more of an inattentive thing.

It happens.  By time the kids get to class at 8, 9, 10 at night they have given up. In fact, it seems to be the norm with a lot of my older classes. Getting them on task can be a hassle.

Hassle might not be the word. It’s more of an annoyance.

It should have been common sense, but it only just kicked in for me that I should not only say what we are doing but write it out as well. The rhythm of class runs smoother when the kids know (mostly) what to expect.

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forty-five minutes of fun

I also cross out things as we complete them. The kids love that part, sometimes they clap or cheer. Especially with their textbook work, that is the major hurdle to their fun time. Even though, honestly, I don’t think the book is that bad. But then again, I never went to school all day as a kid.

If we finish everything then I write two more options on the board as our fun “learning activity” aka game. We vote, play rock, paper, scissors, whatever, to pick one. But regardless, the options go on the board. They are picking up on the fact that we have to do the board before we can “have fun” so they are rapidly getting better at self-motivated work. It’s been a great turn around and I no longer have to pull the “do your work” face.

It’s been a great help to classroom management. And as the teacher, I always know what I should be doing. Cause ya know, we get off task and forget the boring stuff too.

Halloween is Coming

So next Thursday is Halloween and although Koreans do not celebrate Halloween we have been decorating and doing Halloween activities.

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For the elementary aged students we have been printing out ABC coloring sheets and vocabulary worksheets all month to get them in the Halloween spirit. We use Boggle’s World for most of our print outs.

http://bogglesworldesl.com/halloween_worksheets.htm

The kids are really getting into it. On Friday we had the students make masks using these links.

http://www.freefunfings.com/masks/halloween.html

http://www.mrprintables.com/printable-halloween-masks.html

You can print these out and have your students make their own masks for Halloween. They work for elementary-high school, depends on your students’ creativity.

Aside from worksheets and masks, our students made pumpkins using orange tissue paper, stuffed with newspaper and a rubber band to put it all together. The same can be done for ghosts, just a smaller ball and with white tissue paper. Then the students draw or cut out face and body designs using construction paper and tape.

This Friday we turned the school into an arts and crafts playground. The kids loved it!  Here are some pictures:

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making ghosts!

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making pumpkins!

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the mess afterwards, looks like they had fun!

We are dressing up in costumes and trick or treating with the kids next week so stay tuned for more Halloween fun!