Teaching speed dating
Then, I created a "menu" (I print out two so that I can display them on each side of the frame) for each genre using Canva. Then, to add ambiance, I picked up a pack plastic table clothes, some small LED candles, pulled a few candle holders from around my house, used a Jo Ann Fabrics coupon (and my teacher discount) to get a bunch of fake flowers, some Hershey Kisses sprinkled on each table (get it? As students walked into my room, I handed them a Speed Dating Scorecard.I let my students self select the tables they moved to first, but you could easily copy the scorecard sheet on different colors of paper to establish groups.Much cheaper & more effective than TES or the Guardian.Reach the audience you really want to apply for your teaching vacancy by posting directly to our website and related social media audiences.Find our more ›We've just flicked the switch on moving all our digital resources to instant digital download - via our new subject stores.For every subject you can now access each digital resource as soon as it is ordered.Shelly, my local hook-up, would call me up any time she had collected five or more boxes of books.
Students find those with the same colored sheets to become a group.
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During the second week of class, when not everyone in our tenth grade English class knows each other well, I surprise students with speed dating. The students walk into our classroom to find the desks grouped into tables, covered with tablecloths, and decorated with centerpieces featuring flowers, candles (LED candles), "menus," and a large stack of books. Not only do students get to know one another better through this activity, but they also learn more about specific genres found in our classroom library and select their first independent reading texts.
At the close of the semester, this activity was rated by students as one of their favorites, so I thought I would share how I set up this activity with my high school students in case others want to give it a try with their students this fall. So let's start with the most important aspect of this whole activity - the books.
Students have five minutes to flip through and read some sections of the book to figure out if they would like to "date" it further.