Sunflower: “Hello everybody!”
“ Lesson is over, kids!” By saying that I can pretend that
the situation is still under my control and it’s me who gives the
“Oh Sunny! I wish I could relax on the meadows of the Magic Wood but exams are getting nearer and nearer and my pupils still can’t master regular and irregular verbs and have no idea of the difference between a modal verb and an ordinary one!”
Sunflower, caressing the top petal as she does when she is immersed in her thoughts: “Uhm… ok! If we are not free to go where Spring is reigning in all her splendour we can still invite her HERE!!!”
THE MAGIC TREE OF REGULAR AND IRREGULAR VERBS!!!
When the kids learn the
structure of this tree, which actually is a magic mind map invented by
Tony Buzan and some other old TEFL magician, they will grasp 50 or 60
rules. This way they will be able to spend their free time playing outside
in the warm Spring weather and, when they come back to school, they will
still retain all the rules concerning regular and irregular verbs
in the English language!”
|And suddenly a strikingly sexy yellow-petalled
daisy appeared on the same threshold where Sunny was still standing, just
Miss Modal Verbs Daisy: “Hello everybody!” She said, blinking twice or thrice, swinging her slender stalk and caressing her white petals.
Sunny: “Miss Daisy is not as dumb as she looks: she is another magic tool that increases memory power by associating one or more concepts to a simple familiar image: in fact she is a graph organizer!”
|Miss Daisy: Yes I was born in a family of Graphic Organizers. G.O. are one way for visual thinkers to arrange their ideas. Our characteristic is that we can have very different aspects as there are unlimited ways to express ideas visually. Graphic organizers can be used in all phases of learning from brainstorming ideas to presenting findings. We can be used individually or in large groups and are particularly useful in activities that require critical thinking skills. Oh I forgot, we are closely related to the Mind Maps and some people even think we belong to same family”.|
|“How impressing! I think I should take a photograph to show all students and the staff of the Magic Wood School, including the Farmer Headmaster or this time they will really think I’ve been hallucinating… ”|
|And so I took this beautiful photo of Miss Modal
Verbs Daisy with my digital camera. I pasted the photo on the whiteboard
so that students make a portrait of Miss Daisy on their exercise-books
and then asked them to revise questions and modal verbs with the help of
the visual aids: we spent no more than one hour and then…
Hello Spring! Here we are!! Ready for a picnic and all those pleasant activities which cold windy cloudy and snowy Winter had made us forget!!!!
For ever yours
P.S. The story of mind maps and graphic organizers is not over: visit Hazel's site during next days for the sequel...