Art and Craft in the
classroom: a waste of
time?
Workshop
by Caroline Campbell
6-7th September 2013
2nd ELT Conference Mal...
In our digital classrooms, is there still
room for art and craft activities?
Why do EFL teachers use art and craft
activities in the classroom?
Reasons given by teachers
« It gives the children something to do.»
« Children like art and craft activities more than the...
Discuss
How can EFL teachers make
sure art and craft activities
are not a
waste of time?
Preparing for art and craft activities
Appropriacy
 Is the activity you have chosen appropriate
for the young learners in...
Preparing for art and craft activities
 Will you end up doing all the work for
them?
 Will you be able to provide enough...
Preparing for art and craft activities
 Will all the children be able to achieve the
end result? Does it work?
 Will all...
Preparing for art and craft activities
Language
 Is there a context to the art and craft
activity you have chosen?
Linked...
Preparing for art and craft activities
 What language will the children practise?
Before, during and after the activity.
...
Preparing for art and craft activities
Classroom management
 Have you thought about
classroom management?
• Before - Duri...
Activity
Elephants
Blind dictation taken from A. Wright, Art and Crafts with Children. OUP
Before an activity
• Give clear and simple instructions. Demonstrate.
• Introduce children to the equipment/material they
...
During an activity
• Give simple and clear step by step instructions.
• Make sure the children know
what they have to do.
...
During the activity
• Praise the children (if appropriate).
• Comment on their work. Ask them questions
• Model language e...
After the activity
• Tell the children how they will use the end
product. Demonstrate.
• Ask questions about the art/craft...
After the activity
• Make sure the activity does not lead to rowdy
behaviour.
• Make sure the children have their names on...
Add language to the art and craft
activity
• Vocabulary – e.g. introduce a set of words
• Grammar - e.g. students tell a s...
Online creative activities
http://thisissand.com/
http://storybird.com/
http://thisissand.com/
http://storybird.com/
Some art and craft activities
Paper flowers
Plasticine fruit and vegetables Monster masks
Origami game
Task
Discuss
• How would you use these activities in class?
• What do you need to prepare?
References
Read, C. 2007. 500 Activities for the Primary Classroom, Macmillan
Wright, A. 2007. Art and Crafts with Childre...
There is still room for creativity in
the classroom!
«Creativity is contagious, pass it on» Albert Einstein
Thank you!
• Powerpoint Presentation available at:
www.carecampbell.blogspot.com
• Contact me at:
carecampbell@icloud.com
...
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Art and crafts in the classroom: a waste of time? 2nd ELT Conference 2013 Malta - Caroline Campbell

  1. 1. Art and Craft in the classroom: a waste of time? Workshop by Caroline Campbell 6-7th September 2013 2nd ELT Conference Malta
  2. 2. In our digital classrooms, is there still room for art and craft activities?
  3. 3. Why do EFL teachers use art and craft activities in the classroom?
  4. 4. Reasons given by teachers « It gives the children something to do.» « Children like art and craft activities more than the ones in their coursebooks.» « Children really enjoy it!» « Children calm down and remain in their chairs for longer.» « Children can take something home with them.» « It makes the lesson less boring» « Time passes really quickly.» « It gives me a little break!»
  5. 5. Discuss How can EFL teachers make sure art and craft activities are not a waste of time?
  6. 6. Preparing for art and craft activities Appropriacy  Is the activity you have chosen appropriate for the young learners in your class? Age – Linguistic and motor skills – Adequate for boys and girls – Interests etc.  Will the children spend too much time cutting, colouring in, pasting, etc.?
  7. 7. Preparing for art and craft activities  Will you end up doing all the work for them?  Will you be able to provide enough material for the children to complete the activity?
  8. 8. Preparing for art and craft activities  Will all the children be able to achieve the end result? Does it work?  Will all the children have a finished product which they can use after the activity?
  9. 9. Preparing for art and craft activities Language  Is there a context to the art and craft activity you have chosen? Linked to a topic - a text - a language point?  Will the children need to interact and communicate while doing the activity?  What is/are the learning aim/s of the activity?
  10. 10. Preparing for art and craft activities  What language will the children practise? Before, during and after the activity.  Can you adapt the activity such that it is simpler, perhaps less artistic but more language focused?  Can you add more language to the activity to make your lesson more effective?
  11. 11. Preparing for art and craft activities Classroom management  Have you thought about classroom management? • Before - During - After the activity. • Giving instructions. • Working individually – in pairs/groups. • Tidying up. • Dealing with disruptive behaviour.
  12. 12. Activity
  13. 13. Elephants Blind dictation taken from A. Wright, Art and Crafts with Children. OUP
  14. 14. Before an activity • Give clear and simple instructions. Demonstrate. • Introduce children to the equipment/material they will be using. • Pre-teach vocabulary. • Show the children an example of a finished product and tell/show them how they will use it. • Motivate the children before they start the activity.
  15. 15. During an activity • Give simple and clear step by step instructions. • Make sure the children know what they have to do. • Talk to the children as they work. • Use related songs or chants. • Monitor as children work. Give individual attention. • Ask questions. Use «No-no questions».
  16. 16. During the activity • Praise the children (if appropriate). • Comment on their work. Ask them questions • Model language e.g. Paolo, can you pass me the scissors please? • Encourage the children to ask for what they need. • Have something up your sleeve for early finishers. • Ask early finishers to help you tidy up.
  17. 17. After the activity • Tell the children how they will use the end product. Demonstrate. • Ask questions about the art/craftwork itself. Use «no-no questions» • Use a variety of language skills. • Set up the activity well. • Set a time limit. • Monitor and help with language/take notes.
  18. 18. After the activity • Make sure the activity does not lead to rowdy behaviour. • Make sure the children have their names on the end product. • Put the art/craftwork away if you would like to continue with other activities. • Encourage the students to use art/craft work outside the classroom and to keep practising the language they have learnt.
  19. 19. Add language to the art and craft activity • Vocabulary – e.g. introduce a set of words • Grammar - e.g. students tell a story in the present/past/future • Reading – e.g. students read a short story/text • Listening – e.g. teacher reads out a story/text or students watch a short videoclip • Speaking – e.g. a presentation • Writing – e.g. students write a story to go with their drawing or craftwork. • Functional language – e.g. describing
  20. 20. Online creative activities http://thisissand.com/ http://storybird.com/
  21. 21. http://thisissand.com/
  22. 22. http://storybird.com/
  23. 23. Some art and craft activities Paper flowers Plasticine fruit and vegetables Monster masks Origami game
  24. 24. Task Discuss • How would you use these activities in class? • What do you need to prepare?
  25. 25. References Read, C. 2007. 500 Activities for the Primary Classroom, Macmillan Wright, A. 2007. Art and Crafts with Children, Oxford University Press
  26. 26. There is still room for creativity in the classroom! «Creativity is contagious, pass it on» Albert Einstein
  27. 27. Thank you! • Powerpoint Presentation available at: www.carecampbell.blogspot.com • Contact me at: carecampbell@icloud.com Caroline Campbell

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