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Games and mischievous students When you have mischievous children in
When you have mischievous children in your classroom, using games related to the lesson will not only heighten your students' interest in learning, but it will leave them yearning for 'more' and they will be receptive to any other lesson (or topic) that you might give them. Using games to present a whole lesson is necessary if you wish to have a stress-free period with difficult students. 'Games are popular with children, teenagers and adults alike. They should, therefore, be regarded as an integral part of the syllabus and not just an amusing diversion''(ITTT International TEFL Teacher Training., Unit 11, p.11)
4 ways on how incorporating games to a lesson will benefit you and the class:
1.It will reduce planning time and energy. 2.It gives students motivation.
3. It minimizes mischief.
4.It accelerates the learning process and helps students retain material.
To make a lesson interesting enough to grab any student's attention (without a game) requires much effort, and in the long run - it would be a tedious and time consuming ritual. The use of games, on the other hand provide fun and excitement. It reduces both planning time and energy from the teacher. 'A game is an activity'a goal and an element of fun. Many conventional, and unconventional games can be adapted to language teaching.' (ITTT International TEFL Teacher Training., Unit 11, p.12)
Fun games incorporated into a lesson are able to motivate most students. They establish good rapport and gain the students' respect for the teacher - thus making them more likely to pay attention, listen or cooperate. 'Rapport between the teacher and students'plays an important part in determining if a class is successful and enjoyable. Students are more likely to contribute and take part in the lessons when the atmosphere is relaxed and they get along well with the teacher.' (ITTT International TEFL Teacher Training., Unit 5, p.14)
Games minimises mischief and boredom among attention-seekers and rebels. It also relieves tension between the teacher and problem students by presenting the lesson in a more exciting way. ''keep it fun, varied and at a good pace. Try always to relate activities to the children's own interests.'(ITTT International TEFL Teacher Training., Unit 19, p.8 ). ''if you enjoy such activities, the chances are that your students will'be as creative as possible and everybody will benefit.' (ITTT International TEFL Teacher Training., Unit 11, p.12)
Including games spark interest and can contain plenty of repetition and interaction (for usage of a sentence, word, or topic). It accelerates learning and lets students assimilate and retain material more easily. 'If students are involved and interested, they will find the lesson more stimulating and fun, thus reducing inhibitions and leading to a more conducive language learning environment.' (ITTT International TEFL Teacher Training., Unit 3, p.5 )
Overall, games reduce time and energy, brings motivation and minimises mischief among students. It helps students retain material and accelerates their learning process. Games are the 'element of fun'(ITTT, Unit 11, p.10)and they are beneficial to the teacher, and again to the mischievous children.
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