TMNE10: Depressing your tongue

Context: Teachmeet Northeast took place on Thursday 9th December. Each day I’m blogging about one thing I learned at the event.

The excellent Dominic McGladdery presented a series of random ways to get pupils talking – some bits specifically aimed at MFL, but many that can be used in a variety of ways.

There were various kinds of dice and other equipment and the classic classtools.net random name picker, but there were two particular ideas that I really liked.

One was to take your computerised random name generators and turn them into random QUESTION generators, and my favourite idea is to write students’ names on lolly sticks, put them in a mug and you have an instant, low maintenance, low tech random name generator to improve your questioning. And best of all, this way it’s easier to cheat.

Image attribution: Summer of 69 Originally uploaded by Caro’s Lines

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One thought on “TMNE10: Depressing your tongue

  1. Thanks for the kind words, Mark. The funny thing is, after months of me doing this, it was reading your blog post just now that made me realise the irony of using tongue depressors to get my pupils to speak more.

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