Today’s post comes from Janet Rogal, an ESL (English as a second language) teacher at the University of North Texas.
Summer is always a wonderful break for students and teachers alike, but when it’s time to get back into gear for school it can be a challenge to quickly motivate and energize my classroom.
This semester as my students come into the classroom, I’ll ask them all to bring some photos of what they’ve done over their break, whether it was a family trip, sightseeing or just spending some quality time at home.
Then, I plan to use all the photos in a slideshow that we can watch and share the experiences of each student’s summer activities with each other.
Specifically for ESL, it’s a great way for students to get to know each other on a more personal level. It will also generate a lot of conversations which will help with their English speaking skills and overcoming shyness in a new classroom and in a new culture.
The slideshow will be a great spring board to introduce different cultures and customs from around the world since my classrooms are so diverse.
Forming a spirit of community in the classroom is important. A summer re-cap slideshow can help bring students in any classroom together in a fun and creative way.
Janet uses ProShow software to create dynamic slideshows for her classroom. Try it free today.