Speed dating learning activity
Valentine’s Day is fun, but I don’t want to miss a day of language learning just for fun. I let them know they will be “speed dating” and they need to find out important info about this new person. You won’t want to date them if they are 10 years old.Speed-dating is great for getting students to use the language in short conversations. Don’t leave without finding out their name (and number if interested! I encourage them to pretend they are someone else if they want to.It occurred to me that one of the activities I designed for our DODEA grant Photo by CRDM. participants to initiate sign-ups for peer observations would work great in a faculty meeting.The conference is held in January – always the weekend before Superbowl!I am near the end of my trimester and trying to review some of what we have learned to prepare students for their upcoming final assessments.The structure of speed-dating brings people together in interactions designed to facilitate sharing information about themselves, asking questions of others, finding common interests and deciding whether they are interested in spending more time with the people they meet.As all our students have significant communication difficulties, our young people need additional support to learn and practice these skills and exercise their right to a social life.
With this in mind, and with the two questions posed at the beginning of this blog, here you will read and find a resource ready-to-go for you and your own staff to use tomorrow!
When the conversation is over, students indicate their opinions on the interaction before moving on to another conversation partner.
Learning about mutual interest in building friendships enables students to explore appropriate interaction, develop their confidence and skills in interacting with others on a social level and making decisions about the relationships they want.
Previously, in two other schools where I have led whole-school CPD, I have limited the creative options in training sessions for staff.
Perhaps I am at fault for my own set of expectations; plus the context of the school and the school priorities of that time should be kept in mind, but this evening, I led a staff CPD session that was innovative, creative and engaging.