Introducing the Introduction

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I thought today I might tell you all a little bit about what happens at the beginning of one of our lessons and why I love it!!!

After the roll is called, children jump up and listen to the teacher outline a situation. This situation is usually “dramatic” and always calls for a change of emotion and an interesting freeze at the end.

At the first signal the entire class says a given line together, then they ad-lib about the given situation, or ‘walk and talk’. To an observer, this probably looks quite chaotic, as twenty kids move around the space, often in a crazy way to match the situation, and the noise is amazing! However, as a teacher this is my favourite part of the lesson. It is the sound of growing confidence as the children participate in this activity and learn to express themselves through their own words and body language. They are creating their own multiple sentences and flowing language. To me this is the not only the sound of fun but most importantly, it is the sound of learning. There is nothing more satisfying than to hear this cacophony – this is the sound of the children truly ENGAGING in an activity. This is when it is easy to see that these life lessons our programme teaches, will remain with the children long after the lesson is over!


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  • zane

    thats my jade