How can I make word categorisation and grammar points more interesting?
I work with teenagers, they find grammar tedious.
They love technology.
I love gardening.
When I met David Warr I knew I'd found my answer.
David has introduced me to language plants and you can find out all about them here - http://www.languagegarden.org/
Earlier this evening I visited David's blog - http://languagegarden.wordpress.com/ and read about his NEW plant maker. The two plants below are created using his Beta PLANT MAKER. The originals were drawn on a Promethean Whiteboard, covered over and revealed during the class.
Back to my original question;
I revealed it bit by bit. (I love ActivInspire software) I contextualised the language with some pens and a table. I asked the students to tell me what they could see. I asked them again and again. They were engaged; actively learning. They were constantly referring back to 'the plant'.
We explored other new plants instantly;
I then tested my students using a favourite worksheet, thanks to English Banana
We explored the answers together and made notes about mistakes.
I think this way of exploring language in a creative, expressive and functional way is incredibly engaging. I look forward to reporting back more on how the new PLANT MAKER is received by my students.
If you haven't tried it out yet, what are you waiting for?
And finally in David's own words;