Beyond Ms. Brown: Practical Uses of Textbook English

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Teacher: Brian Dinnie

Grade/level: Junior High School 3rd grade

Goal: The aim is to have students comprehend the sentence, “It is (adverb) for me to (verb) (noun).

This is not a very interesting study point. So my JTE and I devised a way to make the students more invested in the lesson. I demonstrated my ability with Kendama and my JTE demonstrated her ability side of a Rubic's cube within 30 seconds.

After demonstrating, we repeated the sentences:

“It is easy for me to play kendama.”

“It is easy for me to play Rubic's cube.”

We then had a few volunteer students try the games. If it was difficult for them, we stated so:

“It is difficult for you to play kendama.”

“It is easy for him to play Rubic's cube.”

After the JTE effectively taught the grammatical point, we had the students use the key point to express what they were good at and what they weren't so good at.

We used this lesson during a demonstration class because of the positive atmosphere it created amongst the third grade students who are normally quite silent during class. The students were interested in considering their own and their classmates talents and in doing so they were able to grasp the grammar point effectively.

Having Junior High School students relate to grammar points by using them in practical, real-life situations seems to help them retain their study points better than if they are just reading about Ms. Brown. I would recommend this line of team-teaching to anyone working at the JHS level.