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Life swap: Step into the teacher's shoes

Course: Student reflection, Unit: Attitudes to learning

  • 125 mins
  • In class
  • Project
  • B2, C1


Learning goals:

  • Read and understand an authentic article about education
  • Be able to plan and give a short lesson on a subject that you are interested in

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Correctly answer comprehension questions about the article
  • Identify the meaning of key language in the article
  • Successfully plan and deliver a lesson to the class, using appropriate language and techniques
  • Evaluate and discuss other students' lessons

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Activities (14)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up 1

Warm up 1

Recommendations

  • 1 mins
  • Individual, Class
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video and then answer the questions in Warm up 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this video is to activate students' knowledge of teaching and the challenges faced by teachers.
The video is taken from Educating Yorkshire, a British documentary series about a school in the north of England.

 

Warm up 2

Warm up 2

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Discuss the questions with another student.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to discuss what it is like to be a teacher and the value that teachers add over and above the materials used in the classroom.
Have students discuss in pairs or small groups before feeding back to the class.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair, Group
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Teachers must do a lot of things in the classroom, and it isn't always easy. Match the definitions to the aspects of teaching.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce a few important aspects of teaching which should be kept in mind when planning and delivering a lesson.
After students have finished, discuss why each of them is important for learning.

 

Main ideas

Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Skim the text and choose the best heading to describe each paragraph.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to practise reading for the main ideas in the article. If necessary, explain how to skim.
A link to an article about the evidence on learning styles can be found here:

 

Language

Language

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Study the key language in bold within the article. Then match the definitions to the words and phrases.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to define some of the key language from the article.
This prepares students for the Practice activity.
Tell students not to use their dictionaries.
If necessary, explain how to guess the meaning of words from context or have students read the reference material.

 

Apply

Apply

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to give students freer practice in using the key language.
Extension
Have students peer-review each other's paragraphs and make suggestions to improve their written language.

 

Detail

Detail

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify and understand specific information in the article.
Language notes
. ICT stands for Information and Communication Technology. It covers subjects related to computing technology.

 

Plan: Watch 1

Plan: Watch 1

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Class
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video and take notes on it using the questions in Plan: Watch 2.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to provide a model example of somebody teaching.
If feasible, project the video so that students can make notes while they watch.

 

Plan: Watch 2

Plan: Watch 2

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

Watch the video and make notes on it. Then compare your observations with another student.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to take notes on the elements of good teaching that they saw. This provides them with inspiration for the activity in Teach.
After students have finished writing, have them compare their notes with each other before discussing as a class.

 

Teach

Teach

Recommendations

  • 35 mins
  • Individual, Group, Class
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to take the knowledge that students have gained in this lesson and find a practical application for it.
Have students work in pairs or groups to plan a short lesson on a topic that they are passionate about. Then have them teach their lessons to the class.

 

Peer review

Peer review

Recommendations

  • 25 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Multiple choice, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to evaluate each other's work using a simple lesson observation sheet.
After each student lesson has finished, copy and paste this activity to enable students to give feedback on more than one lesson. You can change the title of the activity to make it easier to identify which lesson it is referring to.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 10 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to discuss teaching techniques that they have experienced and found helpful, and think about how they can support their teachers.
Extension
Have students interview you, or another teacher at the school, about ways to be an effective teacher and what does and doesn't work.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to reflect on what they learned in the lesson.

 
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