Do you find yourself struggling to think of short activities for those loose times in the day? How can this time be more productive and can we use it to harness children's enthusiasm and direct it towards their learning?
Here are some tried and tested 'loose time' activities used over the years. Here are just a few of my favourites ready for you to try.
The Power of Pictures!
But what about reading? Well just about ANY reading skill can be taught through film; making connections, predictions, summarising, inference and character development. It’s also great for children who struggle with decoding. An activity like this can take as little or as much time as you like - from a 10 minute filler activity to settle the class after a busy lunchtime, to a whole lesson!
And finally, how about taking those loose moments of the day to get to know your students better.
Growing up, we both remember long car journeys listening to a programme on the radio called ‘Desert Island Discs’, in which the host would interview celebrities about the soundtrack of their lives. It would end and you would have a greater insight into that person’s life: their joys and triumphs but also their struggles and challenges.
Take this idea into your classroom and students have prepare short presentations on their favourite songs and why they are important to them. Play these presentations in those ‘loose’ times and just see what reaction you get. Go on, we dare you.
Hopefully you will find these ideas useful and have fun giving them a go! Remember, even though, for much of the day, it may be just you and your class, there is a whole network of people around you ready to offer support and ideas online!
With a keen interest in the neuroscience and psychology of learning, WAGOLL Teaching is about sharing research alongside great, simple teaching ideas to a global teaching community.
Ben has been in education for over 10 years and is passionate about simplifying high quality teaching and learning through innovative and practical approaches in the classroom.