Today we had an almost 3 hour Skype session! We discussed planning for the following term, as well as highlights from the past term. It was interesting to see and hear what others had been working on in their TPRS Indonesian rooms.
Behaviour Management Techniques
Different techniques were discussed:
- giving out raffle tickets to students doing the right thing then winning student gets a can of Sprite (very relevant after the ‘Mau Minum Sprite’ story!
- using blue cards with smiley faces stamped on them, give them out, child writes their name on the card and places it in a special box. Every 4 weeks or so, a winner is picked and they get to choose a lucky dip prize.
Activities that have worked well in term 2:
Bu Cathy’s Bop game
Kursi Luar Biasa worked well for Hannah. She emphasised that it is really important to have the ‘polisi’ on the ball as students will blurt in English. Use the timer as well, and restart every time someone speaks in English. Celebrate when the class improves their times! Cathy’s idea for the Kursi Luar Biasa was to fold a piece of paper (or use a mini-whiteboard drawn up into four quarters), and while the special person in talking, draw or write notes about that person. You could even have a proforma sheet prepared with Age, Name, Pet and Likes/Family to make it easier for students to fill in.
Using a song for coming in and sitting down in class, or packing up. Ibu Anne suggested ‘Popcorn’ is a good bouncy tune to use, especially to pack up quickly! By the end of the song everyone has to be sitting down quietly.
Carmen suggested a great activity: Pick 4 or 6 sentences from your latest story. Dictate these to the class in random order. Class then listens to/reads these sentences and illustrates. The next step is to cut out and sequence them. Lastly, they can make a cover and take the story home to practise reading!
Hannah said she made up some 4 x 4 bingo cards (40 of them!) and placed pictures of various vocab from her latest story. She made the cards all slightly different. She used a student to call out the words and others had to find 4 in a row, any direction. Students loved it! (Lot of work to make these cards though)
Cathy showed a great proforma for a listen and colour in activity.
She also had one called look, write, draw. Students choose any sentence from the story (one that might be tricky to draw). They had to write this sentence, then draw a picture to match. Then they folded over the sentence so it could not be seen, and passed it on to the next student. S2 had to look at the picture, and write a sentence from the story that the picture represented. Then the picture was folded down. Then it was passed to S3. S3 read the sentence and had to draw a picture to represent the sentence. The proforma had room for 4 sentences and 3 pictures. Sentences should hopefully match at the end. (Will post these proformas once I receive them) Suggested year levels were 4 – 7, but I would love to try a simple one with my Year 3s. You could use a timer to keep kids from taking too long with drawings.
Cathy also had a great dictation proforma, with 3 spaces for :
She reads a sentence from the story, students write and spell as best they can, then teacher writes correct sentence on the board. Students copy this correct sentence, or just the parts that were incorrect. Then they have to translate into English.
Hannah mentioned she does this using a powerpoint, so the correct sentences glide onto the screen magically at the right time, then the translation also. Great idea!
Sharon worked on bercakap-cakap terus last term. To assist juniors acquire vocab and provide reps, Sharon used a word find with words from the story ‘hidden’ fairly easily. But students had to find words only when Sharon read out a sentence from the story and stopped on a certain word. Students then had to find that word. The powerpoint was displayed on the Smartboard as well to provide extra support, and one student was asked to come and highlight the word on the Smartboard after students had had enough time to find them at their desks. She used Wordle for older students (using vocab from the story) and had students in pairs racing to see who could find the word first.
Sharon told us the following site was great for junior primary songs in Indonesian.
Sing a Song of Sixpence – Resorceful Indonesian
I asked about introducing ‘bisa’ to junior primary students, as I was struggling to find engaging ways of teaching this. Sharon suggested using the Frozen trailer, and had previously made up a great story to go with the trailer. If Sharon sends that to me, I will post here!
Carmen mentioned she would like the teach the tutup/buka pintu story.
We discussed how we use ‘tutup mata’ in Heads Down, Thumbs Up and Di Mana Bobo?
Most of us decided to teach Catharina’s snake story this term with Prep – 2.
We discussed silent reading and decided it would be great to try and incorporate more reading in our classes. We could write sentences from the story, then have students illustrate, to make little books. When students make comic books or write their own stories and want to take them home, colour photocopy first so there is still a copy for the class library.
Paper plane and snowball activities are great for reading activities from year 3 up. Complete story is written on one side of page and all students given a copy. They choose one sentence from anywhere in the story. This is then translated and written on the back of the sheet (near the top, not too big, leave space for more sentences!). The piece of paper is then folded into a paper plane or crunched into a snowball and thrown across the room. Don’t pick up your own! Open up the new plane/snowball and read the sentence. Find the Indonesian translation in the story and write the sentence following that on the back of the paper. Fold and throw again. Eventually you will have translations of the whole story (but starting in different spots).
Sharon does running dictation in this manner:
Story is printed onto coloured paper, cut up into sentences/paragraphs and stuck up around the room (or even outside, that way fidgety kids get to run it all off!) Kids are in groups of three – writer, illustrator and reader (runner). Ask students to pick who is the best reader, writer, illustrator. The runner finds different parts of the story and reads them to the writer, who writes the sentence on A5 pieces of paper. This paper gets passed to the illustrator (usually child with low literacy skills, who can shine in this position) who draws a picture of the sentence. Lastly, the team works together to sequence the sentences! Instant book! (May not be the neatest book though!) I sometimes add a challenge for faster groups, they have to do a translation of the story while they wait.
Sharon shared a couple of pre-story activities to consolidate new structures. One game is Reverse Bingo. Students pick one word from the story (which is displayed on the Smartboard) and write/draw this word. All students stand while teacher reads the story. If the teacher stops reading on their word, they sit down. Last one to sit is the winner. Provides reps of the story.
Another game is Fly Swat. Students sit on the floor with about 6 words/pictures from the story displayed either on the board or on the floor. Three students are given fly swats. Teacher says the word/phrase in English, and the 3 students have to try and swat the Indonesian word first. The student who hits the word first stays in the game and the other two give the swats to new challengers.
Bu Hannah’s Cloze
Bu Hannah made up a great cloze activity to use with low literacy students. She does something like this:
Lucy _______ dingin/panas.
Lucy mau ________ jaket/topi.
Students simply circle the correct answer.
Hannah also spoke about her success with the job Sekretaris. The sekretaris in her classes has to:
- record absences
- late arrivals
- who is doing which job
- note prize winners/special person
- note story, who is playing what character and names of characters
- write a brief reflection/ summary of each lesson
Sometimes Hannah’s sekretaris even records who is being naughty!
In one of Hannah’s classes, Kursi Luar Biasa is not working too well. She uses a general class discussion format, asking questions to whole class then focussing in on particular students before moving back to whole class. She asks questions like:
- Who has a dog?
- What is your dog’s name?
- What colour is your dog?
- Who has a cat?
- Who has a younger sibling/older sibling?
We talked about how cool it would be to have special visitors in the KLB (Kursi Luar Biasa). Ibu Cathy described how she had a visitor in her room who did not speak Indonesian, so she asked the visitor a question in Indonesian, a student interpreted, the visitor answered, then another student interpreted the answer. How cool is that?!
Sekretaris could keep records about all students who have been interviewed, then you could use these notes to play, ‘Guess Who?’
We talked about culture a little. Bu Cathy said some cultural units are not very relevant, especially given that there are so many different ways of doing things all over Indonesia. But it is a good idea to teach about the inappropriateness of some things, such as facing soles of feet to a person, touching someone on the head (in Bali), using the left hand to pass things. Probably useful to teach various ways of greeting and addressing older people (showing respect).
Gatherers of the Sky is a good video to share with students which has interesting aspects of culture to discuss.
Bu Cathy also talked about Grudgeball which sounded really cool, but more suitable for middle/upper primary students. For this game, students are placed into groups (maybe 5 or 6, not really important). Groups pick a noun, then an adjective to make a cool group name. These names are written on the whiteboard to be used to keep score. When teacher asks a question, groups can confer briefly and then raise their hand when they ALL know the answer. So theoretically you should be able to ask any member of the group for the answer. Which you do. If this person gets it right, all members line up to have a go at shooting a basket, worth 10 points. (You can also have different start lines and thus different scores). Now the cool bit, groups can choose to add to their group score, or take away points from another group. Hence the grudge. Bonus points may be given for good sportsmanship, etc. You could do translate questions, finish the sentence, either ______ or ______, many options! NB Teacher may have to cheat a little in order to let all groups have a go.
We also spoke about the Mau Minum Sprite game, but as I am not 100% sure of the instructions, I hope someone else can post about this one!