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  • 1. Thinking Outside the Box How can you be more creative in your teaching of the Chinese language?
  • 2. Shaz shazza@gigglepotz.com
  • 3. Chinese Teacher - Grades 1-7 Chinese Teacher - Grades 8-12 Pre-school Chinese Teacher
  • 4. Chinese Monster Magic www.chinesemonstermagic.com Preschool – Grade 3 New Modules – August 2010 1. A trip to the Circus 2. Creepy Crawlies 3. At the Beach 4. Robots 5. We're going on a Bear Hunt!
  • 5. Paper Bag Chinese www.paperbagchinese.com
  • 6. Gigglepotz.com www.gigglepotz.com
  • 7. Thinking outside the Box! Student Contracts Learning Centres Meaningful Communication Authentic Contexts Collaboration Active Learning
  • 8. What are Student Contracts? The student agrees to complete tasks in a prescribed amount of time. The student has an active role in their own learning.
  • 9. 1. Teacher Direction: Role-plays, Vocabulary, Grammar, Sentence Structures, Modelling language. 2. Student Activities: Students are given Tasks to complete with a partner or in a small group. The 2 Components of Student Contracts
  • 10. Why Contracts? • Choice • Highly motivating • Extends learning • Same content – Different products • Open-ended Tasks • Collaboration • Enrichment Options • Encourages Creativity • Assessment - Students demonstrate skills
  • 11. What do Student Contracts look like in a Chinese language classroom?
  • 12. The Planning Process What is the purpose of the language? Communication
  • 13. Choose a SITUATION where language can be used. Authentic Age appropriate Communication for meaning
  • 14. STEP ONE • Introduce the Situation • Make connections between experiences and first language
  • 15. STEP TWO • Introduce the Role-play in English • Introduce the Role-play in Chinese as a whole group
  • 16. STEP THREE • Vocabulary Introduction • Talk Partners • Break down the Role-play (Grammar / Sentence structures)
  • 17. SketchUp Rap Role-play Card Game Cartoon strip Map Test Poster
  • 18. Using a Textbook to create Learning Contracts Topic
  • 19. Clear Expectations
  • 20. What are Learning Centres / Work Stations? • Areas set-up around the room that are designed for a specific activity. • Students focus on developing and/or mastering a particular skill and/or concept while working in groups. • Students take an active role in learning as they move from one activity to another.
  • 21. Why Learning Centres / Work Stations? • Highly motivating for boys particularly • Time Management • Collaboration • Enrichment Options • Encourages Creativity • Frees Teacher up to provide help where needed • Assessment - Students demonstrate skills
  • 22. Learning Centres Theme : The Olympics
  • 23. What content will my students learn? Sports, Colors, Descriptions, Time, Location, Likes/Dislikes
  • 24. Purpose of Language Gaining information Expressing feelings
  • 25. Decide how students will demonstrate their learning.
  • 26. Set up Learning Activities in the Classroom Materials needed: •Passport template •Vocabulary Cards
  • 27. Make your own Passport with 8 pieces of information about yourself. (Use Vocabulary Cards)
  • 28. Complete information in Passport
  • 29. Set up Learning Activities Materials needed: •Graph paper •Sport Vocabulary Cards
  • 30. http://www.semanda.com
  • 31. Set up Learning Activities Materials needed: •Mascot Images •Poster paper •Olympic logo
  • 32. Describe the Olympic Mascots TASK: Describe the color, size, body of each Mascot. In the description include at least 3 actions/sport each Mascot is able to do.
  • 33. Set up Learning Activities Materials needed: •Olympic venues Map •Writing paper
  • 34. http://www.london2012.com/visiting/getting-to-the- games/index.php
  • 35. Set up Learning Activities Materials needed: •Competition Schedule •Laptop
  • 36. TASK: Create a Podcast Describing day and time of At least 10 events
  • 37. Set up Learning Activities Materials needed: •Vocabulary Sheets
  • 38. Formative Assessment - Learning Portfolio
  • 39. Thinking Outside the Box Planning Tips 1. Start small 2. Plan well and be creative! 3. Clear and detailed Instructions 4. Participation Rubric 5. On Task 6. Chinese ONLY 7. Learning Portfolio 8. High expectations
  • 40. Thinking Outside the Box Teaching Chinese creatively Shaz: shazza@gigglepotz.com www.paperbagchinese.com

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