Super Sneaky Spy Guy Illusions is the latest in a lengthy series of games by the same creator. They’re excellent adventure games with simple text and, best of all, none of them are blocked by our School District’s content filter. Here’s a Walkthrough for the game.
You can find twenty of these games, along with their walkthroughs, on my website under Word and Video Games.
I use short, funny video clips a lot when I’m teaching ELLs, and you can read in detail about how I use them in The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them). In short, there are many ways to use them that promote speaking, listening, writing and reading (including having students describe – in writing and verbally – a chronological description of what they saw).
I’ve posted quite a few of them during the second half of this year, and I thought it would be useful to readers — and to me — if I brought them together in one post.
I’ve also published quite a few during the previous seven years of this blog. You can find those in these lists:
Okay, now here are my choices for The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 — Part Two:
Here’s a video that would be a could one to show English Language Learners. They can describe orally and in writing the chronology of events. It shows a system this cat’s owner has created so the cat “hunts” for his/her dinner:
Here’s a great series of short commercials with the theme “Don’t Judge Too Quickly.” They would good for English Language Learners to watch and describe what they see, along with learning the critical thinking lesson that it’s dangerous to make assumptions.
First off, here’s a group of them together. The second to the last one, however, is probably not appropriate to show in class:
Here’s another one:
There are others on YouTube, too, but, like the one I cautioned about in the first collection, they are a little “iffy” to show in class.
The upcoming movie “The Secret Life of Pets” looks like it’s a winner, if this new trailer for it is an accurate picture of what it will be like. The trailer itself would be great to show English Language Learners and have them describe in writing and verbally what happens in it. In addition, the segment in the trailer showing how the cat is trying to demonstrate self-control would be a great example to demonstrate an unsuccessful strategy to use….
Though slightly depressing at the end, the Oscar-nominated short would be great for English Language Learners to watch and describe what happened:
As I’ve shared on numerous occasions (My Best Posts On Classroom Management), classroom management is a periodic challenge for me – I often teach “intervention” classes and/or classes where students have had limited prior schooling and/or have experienced substantial trauma. And sometimes I teach students with issues.
Yesterday, students in one of my classes were particularly wild (I suspect having substitute teachers in two previous periods contributed to their conduct). Class behavior had been leaning in that direction for a few days, so I decided it was time for a strong reaction.
Of course, every fiber of my being wanted to lash out at them. However, I also realized that going down that road never works.
So, I made arrangements with one of their other teachers to take out most of them one-by-one during my prep period and bring them into my classroom for a private conversation.
How did I begin those talks? With this question:
“How can I be a better teacher for you?”
That question created an entirely different dynamic for the entire conversation than if I had begun discussing classroom behavior. Most replied that the class is great as it is, while others offered good suggestions about seating and websites they like to use.
We were able to also get into a discussion about classroom behavior, norms, and the things they could do to be a better student, but leading with that question was, I believe, the key to the successful conversations.
It’s possible that coming down on students like a ton of bricks might have resulted in sullen compliance, but it would not have led to the sense of joyful learning that we had today in our classroom.
I have no illusions that all my classroom management issues are in the rear view mirror, but today reinforces my belief that positive beats punitive any day…