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!
WAGOLL Teaching is all about sharing great, simple teaching ideas with a global teaching community. As a teaching group, we need to stick together, support each other and develop positive approaches to classroom innovation. Development is all about trying something new, taking risks and sharing great ideas! you may even have some fun along the way!