Wednesday, August 1, 2007

THE SNOWBALL - TEACHING TECHNIQUE

THE SNOWBALL TEACHING TECHNIQUE:

- this technique is lots of fun for the kids, but it requires some discipline, which may results in some kids being kicked out of the activity/room;
- the teacher has to ensure and mention to the kids that those who do not disciplined behaviour - will not be allowed to participate;

WHEN TO USE:

- the teacher wants to teach some basic phrases or words;
- this technique serves as a review as well;

NECESSARY MATERIALS:
- one piece of paper – folded into a paper ball – that’s our SNOWBALL.

THE BASICS:


- the teacher reads the question to the kids;
- the teacher starts the game by throwing the SNOWBALL at the kids;
- whoever of the kids is closer to the ball, that is the kid nominated to answer the question
- if the child does not know the answer, then the teacher asks the kids in the Snowball area to raise their hands (as to show who may be able to answer this question)
- the students answers the question;
- the SNOWBALL GOES BACK TO THE TEACHER
- the process is repeated until all the questions are addressed/answered.

VARIATIONS:

- once the child answers the question, he can ask the student to throw the SNOWBALL and thus the student determines the next kid to answer;
- the teacher can have more snowballs – he/she throws the snowballs – each snowball has a question # (eg – question1-10) – then the teacher reads the question for each student;
- the teacher can distribute the snowball randomly to the students and ask them to take turns in throwing the SNOWBALL towards other students, all at the same time or by taking turns; however, this technique requires more discipline from the students in order to be successful.
- by sister mariam (cristinna7@yahoo.com, www.withkidsinmind.net )

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