Qkids Teacher Tips: How To Extend Those Lessons.....

My name is Jennifer. I have been teaching with Qkids since July of 2018. I have a diverse background.  I have a degree in Physical Therapy, am certified as a health coach, TESOL teacher, and Hoop Love Coach (hula hooping teacher) and have a license in physical therapy. Some jobs that I have had, or currently have, ranged from being a toddler teacher, circus performer/teacher, health coach, physical therapist assistant, home educator, and more. I continue to work on my studies and believe learning is a life long adventure. 

How To Extend Those Lessons.....

Oh, no...what do I do now? We have all been there at one point or another. You get to the last slide in your lesson to find out that you have some time left to fill. If you are a newer teacher, this may bring you into a panic mode. This may be the one thing you don’t want to happen. You need to think quickly and improvise to extend your lesson. As a veteran teacher, I want to offer you some suggestions. 

Tip 1: Make Notes

One thing I do is keep a piece of paper and pen near me throughout the lesson. This is handy for many reasons. I write down the names of my students. This way I can make notes near their names which helps me later for grading. I write things besides the names such as “T” for technology issues, “3*” for students that participate well, “OT” for off-topic students, etc. You get the idea. But, another thing that I do that will help with prolonging the lesson is to write the numbers of certain slides that are student favorites such as the balloon popping game or Bingo. This way if there is extra time at the end of the lesson, we can go back and play the students’ favorite games again. It is important to write down the number quickly while on that slide, so you don’t spend time going back over each slide trying to figure it out later. 

Other slide numbers to note are those that the students have trouble with. Perhaps there were particular words that the students had difficulty pronouncing or there were words that the students had a hard time recalling. Having extra time at the end of the lesson would be a great time to review those particular slides. 

Tip 2: Timing

But, even before all of the above, when you first look at the class you are going to be teaching take a look at how many slides you have to go through. Are there ten slides or twenty slides? You know that you have to teach for twenty-eight minutes, so approximately how many minutes will you need to spend on each slide? Do some quick dividing to figure this out. You can be mindful of this as you go about the class. Periodically keep your eyes on the clock to see if you are keeping a good pace. 
If you find that you need to slow the pace down a little, adjust this in your teaching. Many of the slides can be expanded on. For example, if you are doing a lesson on prepositions, you can use some of the stickers to ask further questions by placing them in the scene. “Where is the apple? The apple is under the desk.” “Where is the cat? He is on Koby’s head.” 

Tip 3: Repetition 

If you are doing a lesson that uses the balloon game, try playing the game again by adjusting the speed that the balloons pass by or try adding stickers all over the screen to give students an additional challenge. (You can use stickers to hide many things on the screen to give students an additional challenge when they are looking for something.) 
If a song is involved, be sure to go back and sing the whole song again after doing the separated practice slides of the song. 

If you are discussing what animals eat, add some fun sticker food and ask the students if the animals eat those things as well. Such as, “Does the zebra drink cola?” “Does the lion eat pizza?” I find the sillier the question, the more fun and participation the students have. You know if you have the children laughing, their level of English is greatly improving!

Tip 4: Props

If you have flashcards or props, have those handy at the start of class. For instance, if you have a lesson on school supplies such as pencils, erasers, markers, paper clips, and pens, gather those that you have at home to have nearby. If you get to the end of the lesson and have time to fill, review what these items are with the students as well. Then ask additional questions such as, ‘What color is the marker?” “Is the eraser or the pencil longer?”

If students are learning about numbers and have no difficulty at all telling you the numbers that the slides provide, use the drawing tools to give the students more challenging numbers. Instead of just “1-9”, you can ask the students what number “11” is. 

Tip 5: Questions

On the last slide, you can ask students about their opinions or about their life while trying to keep on the topic of the lesson. (Of course, this is appropriate to the level that they can converse in English.) Some examples are:
  • “What is your favorite color?”
  • “What do you like to do the most?”
  • “Do you have a dorm building at your school?” 
  • “What animal do you like on the farm?” “Have you ever been on an airplane?” 

Children generally like to tell you about themselves and will usually welcome the conversation. 

When you are on the summary slide, really look at all that is going on in the slide. What is the weather like out the window in the scene? Are there small objects in the picture that you can ask the students about? How are the characters feeling? Who else is in the scene? Be sure to use physical gestures to help the students understand the meaning behind the words. 

There are endless ways to make learning fun and engaging while filling the time. Take a deep breath, immerse yourself in the lesson, think ahead as you go about your lesson, keeping in mind how to advance the learning as needed. Pay close attention to where the students are at in their learning. Note whether repetition and review are needed or the students need more of a challenge. Engage the students and enjoy your time together. You got this!


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