Lively Classroom


 
Ms. Lalitha Rajan|Teacher, NHVPS
 
Ms. Lalitha Rajan is a teacher from National Hill View Public School (NHVPS), Bengaluru. She has taught English for about 25 years in places like Ahmedabad, Mehsana, and Jamnagar. Currently, Ms. Lalitha Rajan is the coordinator for English in NHVPS and loves making her classes interesting.
In this article, she speaks of how a Communicative English class can be made engaging and lively.

 


As a class teacher, especially for students of class 9 and 10, one has to do a balancing act and be friendly, firm and express his/her expectations with clarity. The teacher also has to make the classes interesting and complete the portions on time!

In our school, National Hill View Public School, we have a zero period every morning. In the zero period we get to know the students, have some life skill sessions and as an English Teacher, I try to engage the class through some interesting games and activities. These games not only keep up the joy levels in the classroom, but also enable students to learn.
Thus, keeping the classroom like a powerhouse of learning requires a lot of planning and creativity by the teacher!
Here are three lively classroom activities I did for my students.
Lively Classroom 1 - After the explanation of the poem and a discussion on the poetic devices used, the students were asked to create a similar poem, ‘Oh, How I wish I’d looked after me ____________’ (the students can write about taking care of their hair, skin, eyes, etc.) The only rule they had to keep in mind was that their poem had to be in the same rhyme scheme as given in the textbook. Eg. ‘aabba’ in each stanza. So when children wrote, ‘Oh, How I wish I’d looked after me Hair, and oiled it with a little more care, the shampoos I used, my hair I have abused, and now my head is bare!!!’, the class was thoroughly amused at each student’s ability to bring humour into their piece of work.
Lively Classroom 2 - Students enjoy anything out of the textbook and so, when an extract from a lesson by P. G. Wodehouse was to be done, the students were put into groups of 8 each. They were asked to prepare for a Book Talk on the life and works of P.G. Wodehouse. The students spoke about the writer, his early life, his books, characters in his books (Jeeves, Wooster, Sir Galahad, Aunt Agatha etc.), they narrated some funny incidents from the book, and also wrote out and read some of the famous quotes in the books.
Ex. The best advice I give people is not to give advice.
Lively Classroom 3 - Some students who disturbed the class were asked to speak in rhyme. I called out the name of the student. Ex. Raju, speak in rhyme, all the time. The student is now a little tongue tied and if he says ‘I cannot find my book’ he is advised, ‘In your cubby hole you must look’. Or, ‘Get your calendar here’. This continued with, ‘Oh Mam, a note I do fear’, ‘Calm Down it was a warning’, ‘Thank God! That was alarming!’ 
This article was originally published in TheTeacher.in magazine in the month of July, 2018.