Let's be honest, teachers hate prep time.
I'm writing this post while eating lunch in my classroom, and I'm struggling to stay awake (as usual). It's Monday, and it's rainy, and I just want to tell my students to complete fill-in-the-blanks all week rather than sit here and plan/prep for the next four days. I was at the beach all day yesterday, want to write today after I run countless errands--this lesson planning HAS to happen now...
...So obviously I decided to blog for a bit instead.
We can call this my Table of Contents for Other Websites/Blogs, my Lena's Late to Work and Needs An Activity Resource Guide. Whatever. Before I start I HIGHLY recommend this book of 700 instant activities. They're organized by grammar and function, and NOTHING required prep, though you could if you wanted to--extend into full scale projects or use as is for activities. I've used this book as a supplementary source for about a month now, and I swear it's my lifeblood from my elementary to advanced students. I've noticed they have an English Through Drama resource as well and am hoping to take a look.
As for my list below, I've underlined the activities that may not work with, or may be challenging for, A1-A2 students.
First, here are a few no prep warmers that I've found work best regardless of age. I may have added a note here and there (#understatement) about the rationale for a specific warmer, but, in general, the goal is to get students thinking in English and help them relax.
Now, here are a few websites that have saved my ass for a quick, little-to-no-prep activity--as well as some tips/teacher journals to think about:
And because I'm procrastinating particularly well today, here are a few of my favorite fast activities listed alphabetically by Target Grammar and Skill. As in the warmers, I've added notes on how I've used them in class.
After putting this together I guess I struggle with designing listening activities. Huh. So if anyone wants to help me out in that category, I'll probably name my first born child after you or something. Well anyway. Now that this small resource is done...I guess I have to get back to planning.
Pedagogy and Reflection
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