A poem all students will love ...
Witchy says: "The teacher will give students hand-outs of the text and they will read and enjoy it silently. Then the reading and writing activities will start, as usual".
I’m alone on a desert
No bird singing
Is it "the day after"? Or is it just another ordinary day?
A tear drops from my eyes
How many tears will I cry
Witchy whispers in the teacher's ear: "Believe it or not, this poem was written by a student of mine at the end of an experiment of guided visualization.
(If you want to know more technical details about guided visualizations, wait until I put up an article on the *desolate* NLP section which has been waiting too long for an upgrading....)
Meanwhile, we can use the poem as a basis for text analysis and language activities! After all the feelings described by the boy are much closer to teenagers' inner world than Boccaccio's Decameron, aren't they?"
Exciting activities for students who like poems!!!
Witchy's tips for the teacher:
The guided visualization text:
Now I'm asking you to describe the sounds: Can you hear birds singing? Children playing? Adults fighting? Or do you hear the sound of the waves splashing against the rocks? Or do they break silently on the sand?
Now think about what you're
feeling inside: Are you completely relaxed?
Breathe deeply and relax if you are not, and then describe your sensations.
Close your eyes for two minutes: has the
landscape in your mind changed meanwhile? Now you're realizing that,
deeply inside yourself, you have been waiting for a special
person. Has this person arrived by now?
is he or she
Wichy's footnote for students: You
have just had a guided visualization! It is a very effective way
to get into a light trance state and find inspiration
and tranquillity. You can use it as often as you need it, provided
you don't fall asleep during Maths classes!!
Creative writing activityfor students: Now use your inspiration to make a summary of what you saw, heard and felt during that *voyage*. Of course, you can leave aside all the details you don't want your teacher and school friends to know!!!