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Timoshi
March 21st, 2008, 11:11
So, after Spring Break, we're (nearly) all of us are going to have a brand new class of ichinenseis to work with... and this means a new introduction lesson.

Having been in the job for (at least) over 6 months now, I'd hope we've all gotten better at making lesson plans and teaching. So, I was wondering how you guys plan to do with your intro lesson plans. What will you change? What will you keep?

As for me, my first introduction lesson was a pile of shit, I've discovered. So, I've decided to change it up a fair bit.

First, I want to start out by giving them some useful English to communicate with in class (like "do you get it?" I got it! / I don't get it...; put your hands up if...).

After that, I'll introduce myself through playing a betting game, with the students being put into groups.

Then (while still keeping them in groups) I'll get them to write something to introduce themselves to me. While they're writing it, I'll go around and meet each student personally.

What will you all do?

tedcase
March 21st, 2008, 13:17
Just photocopy my preds plans, after changing the name.

KateW
March 21st, 2008, 13:22
I'm going a bit back and forth on this one, myself. Last year I just had them stand up, say their name and Junior High school, and then had them questions from a hat to ask me.

Super lame. The upside to it, I suppose, was that it was so structured that it was no-pressure for them. They're still getting to know their classmates, the school, etc. and I think that standing up and just saying a few lines in English they were comfortable with was comforting for a lot of them. That was the vibe I got anyway.

I'm hoping to think of something better, but so far I'm coming up a little blank. I have 50 minutes and 40 kids to address in that time, so it's tough.

Marrissey
March 21st, 2008, 15:20
After that, I'll introduce myself through playing a betting game, with the students being put into groups.


Can you explain the mechanics of this Tim? My self-intro involved them asking a lot of questions but I'd like it to be more of a fun game than just a "which kid is brave enough to stick their hand up? None? Ok, lecture time :-(" kind of experience (in fairness most classes asked quite a few questions but still...)

I plan to do a similar thing to what I did last year though. First of all write a load of things about me on the board like "22" (my age), "Daisy" (my pet's name) etc. etc. and then give them a sheet with lots of questions and things to ask about. Then tell each student to make 3 questions and write them down. Then volunteer to ask.

I then answer each question with map, flag, photos and so on, and give them a UK postage stamp with a pretty picture for asking something. Then, in a group of 4, they help each other fill out a crossword on what I said.

Second lesson, I'm going to teach classroom English, as well as have the students make passports.

Third lesson, the OC proper begins and they act out their own introduction dialogues etc.

Timoshi
March 21st, 2008, 16:11
What I'm going to do is divide the classroom into 4.

Then, give each table a set amount of photocopied money (with doraemon, kitty-chan, totoro etc on it). I will introduce a new 'fact' about me or Australia, and they'll have to bet some of their money on whether it's correct or not. Table with the most money wins.

MostHolyPorcine
March 21st, 2008, 19:52
I do the same as Timoshi, but dont' give them any real money, just use points on the board. I also ban them from betting more than half, as some kids will bet it all on the first question, lose it all, and then be screwed unless you lend them money, and then it gets all crazy. I also have them ask me questions, no yes of no allowed, I'll come up with 4 choices, they pick, whoever gets it rights gets their bet back plus equal amount, wrong loses the bet money.

How do JHS people approach this, though? Are you going to bother with a self intro? Or is their english too nonexistatnt to bother? or do it in Jap?

wicket
March 21st, 2008, 21:15
I'll do a basic self-intro with slide-show.
Then play "Heads or Tails" to check their comprehension. Everyone stands up. If they think what I say is true, hands on heads. If they think it's false, hands on bums. Those who are right stay standing. Last one standing in each class gets an Australia pen, badge, sticker or whatever other shit I still have leftover (I wrote to a ton of companies and tourism boards before I came over and almost all of them sent me stuff - there's a good tip for the newbies!)
After that, they'll be put in pairs to interview each other with a simple "fill in the blanks" exercise. Eg. "What's your name?" then they write "My partner's name is _________". While they're doing that the JTE and I will take digital photos of each pair. Afterwards, I print each photo in the centre of a B4 sheet of paper and put the two relevant interviews on either side. This then becomes a "class book" which I use to remember their names; and I give it to the class at the end of the year.
Questions include:
What's your name? Do you have a nickname? When's your birthday? What are your hobbies? What is your favourite subject? What do you want to do in English this year?
I make a note of their birthdays on my calendar and their hobbies in my teacher's book - helps me to plan classes and get to know them.

Ini
March 22nd, 2008, 02:09
I play karuta and bingo, with a short round of fruit basket for a treat. I've found the self intro lessons are fairly redundant seeing as everyone has forgotten about it 2 weeks later.

1440
March 24th, 2008, 09:16
everyone has forgotten about it 2 weeks later.

I agree. I go through such effort to get the students to know about me and South Africa, but they still think I am from Australia or the USA. I have decided the kids really don't care

lains
March 25th, 2008, 13:32
Im gonna spend the first 10 or so mins getting them to make cards for their name...
About 20x14 cm, fold them in half lengthways so they stand up like a triangle...
Then they write their name in romaji so they can stick it on their desks whenever im there and I know who they are.
On the back, facing them will be some helpful classroom english, and on the inside they can draw 20 small square for points/stamps whatever.

Means I have a task for the next 2 blank weeks as well... Cutting up cardboard for 300 students. :|

BarcelonaDude
April 1st, 2008, 08:52
I've been wanting to do something similar with the name tags at my elementary, especially since they're upping my visits to three times a week. With four elementaries, I'm lucky if I can remember even one name per class!

I want them to be able to personalize it, but sadly most of them don't know the alphabet yet :P

I think I'll use that betting game though. :D

Femaledict
April 1st, 2008, 10:49
i agree with narni, i honestly think they don't really care or they only care for about 1 minute in the class. Also, i feel like a tool making this big deal about me and myself and my life and whatever , fill out some worksheets as if my hobbies are fucking important :?:
SO, i think for our first lessons i want to do a really pared down self introduction, maybe with posters or else with slide show, have my jte also do a small self introduction. Ask a few questions each to check they understood (prizes for those who answer, ofcourse). Then go over the 'rules' for english class and helpful phrases like ' i dont understand', ' please say that again' etc.
That should be one lesson.
The next lesson i'll have them work on worksheets for introducing themselves, make a name badge with their name in romaji (good one! will help my successor too), interview their desk partners and some of them present to the class.
Then i guess the 3rd lesson we will start with whatever crap is in the textbook :roll:

wicket
April 1st, 2008, 12:40
No offence, but if you don't think your life is interesting or your hobbies are important to the kids, then why are you making them do exactly the same task? Maybe they'd rather not talk about themselves.

Marrissey
April 2nd, 2008, 11:02
My thoughts on the self intro are this:

I too don't like to talk about myself that much (why the hell should they care indeed!) and I really hate having to tell them "how wonderful my country is" (I'm not that patriotic). I think it's a very important thing to do though.

For one, it gives an example to students on how to talk about oneself - that's clearly important useful English. By doing it first, yourself, it gives them something to aim at, and takes the pressure off them in the first lesson.

Believe it or not - they ARE interested in your country. Many of these kids have never been abroad, never flown in an airplane, and you are one of the few foreigners they'll have ever interacted with. If you want your students to ask questions in class and be happy communicating, then it's good to lay your cards on the table first and build the trust.

Find interesting things to tell them about yourself. I soon realised what the students do like me to tell them, and I make sure it's covered in every intro class (e.g they love seeing pictures of my pet rat and are amazed I kept THAT as a pet: it died a long time ago but that really doesn't matter, they also find it interesting that we have 3 names and that my middle name is Alexander - for some reason this causes a fair few "sugoi"s). Basically, just try to tell them facts about yourself they WILL be interested in, and show them lots of photos. The most effective things are those they can compare to Japan. If you have the facilities for powerpoint, and video, then you're well lucky; I wish I did!

And Wicket - I don't get your comment about "if you don't like talking about yourself, why are you getting the students to do it?". Why does it matter whether they'd "rather not" - it's a bloody important thing to be able to do in a foreign language and so surely as teachers it's our job to make them learn how to?

lains
April 2nd, 2008, 11:17
I think she was just meaning that its a little hypocritical to say its a waste of time to talk about yourself in class, but then get the kids to do that exact activity.

Femaledict
April 2nd, 2008, 12:01
hypocritical? how's that?

Its an introductory lesson (see topic?) and all the students and teachers will be new so ofcourse (and obviously) there will be some self introduction FROM ALL PARTIES.
What i'm talking about is not just having me stand there for a lesson going on about myself, country,life etc and then testing them on it as if its wildly important. Is the difference now apparent?

As narniaru said, i honestly don't think they really care all that much (when i did that when i first got here, they didn't ask anything about my country or anything like that -i also don't think they even know where i come from now even though 90% of the presentation was about s.a - they only asked things like do i have a boyfriend, do i like japanese food blah blah). They are senior high school students, after all.

Anyway a whole big self intro thing may have been more relevant when i was a new person being introduced to the already established class and jte, whereas now we will all be new so why the hell should there be more focus on me just because i'm foreign? :roll:

Anyway i'm just going to do what i think and fee comfortable with - from the previous self intro rounds, i observed that that didn't work so i'm doing something different. Its as simple as that. If the whole slide show and testing works for you all, then thats all good?

wicket
April 2nd, 2008, 20:00
And Wicket - I don't get your comment about "if you don't like talking about yourself, why are you getting the students to do it?". Why does it matter whether they'd "rather not" - it's a bloody important thing to be able to do in a foreign language and so surely as teachers it's our job to make them learn how to?
I meant it seems a little hypocritical.
Granted, the ability to introduce yourself to other people is important, but that involves shaking hands and saying your name, which I do with all new classes (ie. when the kids are new to each other and not just to me).
I think it's actually quite rare that anyone has to get up and do an extended self-introduction - even AA lets you get away with just saying your name and admitting your problem.
I don't like talking about myself, but I do love my country, as in the land itself, which is different from patriotism. My students are inordinately interested in Australia for some reason and that way I can model true public speaking, rather than the Japlish idea of self-intros.

dombay
April 2nd, 2008, 20:30
Hi kids,

My name's Dombay. I'm from Sydney. I like chinese gyoza.

Now turn your text books to page three.

1440
April 3rd, 2008, 09:45
My students are inordinately interested in Australia for some reason .

I think this is the problem. I too am passionate about my country. I am extremely proud of how far South Africa has come. I have put so much effort into explaining South Africa, and I do it through all mediums to keep them entertained. I even include the Soccer World Cup. But after all that the kids still ask me about kangeroos and Koalas and baseball. It seems that there is no pleasing the kids unless I am an Australian or American.

Hoshi
April 9th, 2008, 15:30
I've had an interesting day in that I'm teaching these new students with two new JTEs, so I'm trying to figure out a way to incorporate them introducing themselves as well, but obviously they probably won't get as detailed with information as I will about my family and whatnot.

My problem has been coming up with an interesting activity where we can all introduce ourselves to each other. I want to focus on the kids for the first class, them filling out their passports and all, so that maybe during the powerpoint about me in the second lesson, they'll pay a little more attention since they didn't just meet me five minutes before.

I'm sure they'll all be shy, and not know each other. One of my JTEs had the idea to have the students trade fake meeshi with each other, but I don't know about that. Is anyone doing anything fantastically interesting for their first class as far as incorporating everyone getting to know each other?

cb
April 9th, 2008, 15:35
Hi kids,

My name's Dombay. I'm from Sydney. I like chinese gyoza.

Now turn your text books to page three.

which is assuredly followed by ten minutes of "holyshit he eats chinese gyoza? dombay sensei eats chinese gyoza? I think he is going to die. My friends uncle's highschool classmate ate the chinese gyoza and he died."

Wodess
April 9th, 2008, 15:49
I am going to talk about NZ and me (mostly NZ) for a chunk of the first lesson and have the students fill in some questions as I go (my teachers make me do listening tests in every lesson so that covers that) and then I am going to borrow Wicket's heads and tails ideas (thanks).

For the second lesson I am going to get the students to interview a couple of their classmates and then introduce one of them to the rest of the class along the lines of "This is x, he likes x and he lives in Kawagoe city".

It is not too taxing but it does involve them standing in front of the class and talking which I know they hate but my JTEs love it and I think it is good for them.

kotatsu-sama
April 10th, 2008, 18:04
I've had an interesting day in that I'm teaching these new students with two new JTEs, so I'm trying to figure out a way to incorporate them introducing themselves as well, but obviously they probably won't get as detailed with information as I will about my family and whatnot.

My problem has been coming up with an interesting activity where we can all introduce ourselves to each other. I want to focus on the kids for the first class, them filling out their passports and all, so that maybe during the powerpoint about me in the second lesson, they'll pay a little more attention since they didn't just meet me five minutes before.

I'm sure they'll all be shy, and not know each other. One of my JTEs had the idea to have the students trade fake meeshi with each other, but I don't know about that. Is anyone doing anything fantastically interesting for their first class as far as incorporating everyone getting to know each other?

I'm doing a very simple self introduction read and run game for my first lesson. It will give the kids a chance to learn about me and the JTE without us having to prepare any speeches or anything. Plus, my students will be able to get and know their classmates better since I will put them in groups of 4/5 people. Most of the 1st year students still don't know each other well so this would help them out. The 1st year student's already got enough on their plate with starting a new school. If the lesson goes well, it will also help to build a fun atmosphere in the class. It's much better off to start off with a fun game instead of going over rules. 1st impressions are crucial.

So basically, my 1st lesson is the read and run game. Then, on my 2nd lesson, we will make passports and at that time, I will have the students do something for their self introduction and maybe some classroom English review.

KateW
April 15th, 2008, 12:12
Okay guys I have a slightly odd situation that I could use a little help with. At my visit school they have me teaching on OC and English 1, so obviously some of these kids will have over-lapping lessons.

With OC I'm thinking of doing a lesson where they interview each other and then I take pictures - basically wicket's idea.

What's a good idea for an intro lesson that the kids who have to sit through TWO different intro lessons will be able to enjoy without being hopelessly bored?

Timoshi
April 15th, 2008, 14:15
While not super interesting, this is pretty useful for later on. If you get the students to do each one, it keeps them occupied for half the lesson too!

"Okay everyone, push your desks together!"

ENGLISH IN CLASS

Please…
• … stand up.
• … sit down.
• … write in English
• … write in Japanese.
• … push your desks together.
• … talk face to face with your partner.
• … answer in a full sentence.
• … raise your hand if you understand.
• … underline any difficult words.
• … look it up in your dictionary.
Please talk with…
• … the person next to you.
• … the person in front or behind you.
• … a new partner.
• … the people in your row.
• … the people on your side of the classroom.
Do you get it?
• I get it.
• I don’t get it.

Can I have a volunteer?

Do you have any questions?

scarreddragon
April 13th, 2009, 11:00
What is the "read and run" game? I'm not familiar with that one (or maybe I know it under a different name...)

k8isgrape
April 16th, 2009, 10:42
Here are the read and run basics, but everyone customizes in their own ways:

- Some sort of information/pictures/english is posted around the room
- Students are given a worksheet with questions and put into pairs/groups
- Some students are runners, others are writers. The writers must stay (with the worksheet) at their desk. The runners must run around the room looking for answers and bringing the information back to the writers.
- First kids to finish get stickers, hanko stamps, candy... whatever incentive you like.


(I've found that this can put a lot of work on the runners and less on the writers so sometimes I'll tell them to switch roles part-way through. I suggest waiting to see how it goes though, before introducing event more instructions to the students. The first time they do this it can be a little hard to explain.)

scarreddragon
April 21st, 2009, 10:10
That sounds like a neat game, I'll have to try it thanks!

Spore13
August 13th, 2009, 11:05
bumping this because as a newbie I have no fucking clue what to do for my self intro. and this helps.

So vetrens, anything you would change/ hate about your intros beyond what has been mentioned here?

Bingo
August 13th, 2009, 16:44
I second the question. What is a good activity for a self introduction if you are new?

I was thinking about a bingo game where I create many copies of a few different bingo cards (easy enough with Excel) with info about me that I will cover during an intro presentation, and then they mark off a spot as I say a keyword or show a picture or something. Then the first person to fill their bingo card gets a prize that I brought from home (at least at my base school - the rest get stickers). This still requires a long presentation but it should keep them listening as long as I can talk about interesting things...

What do you guys think? This will require a little preparation, but I should be able to pull it off with or without a powerpoint if I get some things printed. Can I get a `yeah that works` or `here`s something that works better`?

kawyn
August 14th, 2009, 10:14
im doing a bingo game for my self intro.
1. Divide class into small groups of 3 students.
2. Give out pre-made bingo cards.
3. Give the students some time to discuss the content of the cards and choose answers they believe to be correct. (Walk around the classroom and look for clues ALT has left them).
4. Students may ask the ALT a question from the bingo sheet if they are the first to raise their hand to answer ALT’s question: “What is your name?” (or any other simple question they can answer)
5. Once the student asks a question on the bingo card, ALT answers them with “Yes/No” and talk a bit about self with the props.
6. Students with four consecutive right answers have to shout “Bingo!”
The winning team will get stickers. :)

kawyn
August 14th, 2009, 10:17
The questions on the bingo card are all based on the grammar they should have learnt in the text.
That was my lesson plan for JHS 1st graders but I was wondering if I should keep the bingo game (and change it a bit) for my 2nd and 3rd graders or give them a quiz at the end of my self intro instead?
I want to make the first class as simple as possible so I wont put them off the torture for the rest of my classes :p

ohheythere
August 14th, 2009, 11:06
Here's what I'm thinking of doing for my first middle school classes:

1. My own short self-introduction on powerpoint, with pictures, videos, information about my hometown, pets, college, high school, etc. (15 min)
2. Then have the students do a self-introduction relay - i.e. if there are five rows of four seats, then you make four lines going back and have each student introduce themselves to the person behind them, with the students in the back coming up to the front to introduce themselves to me (a little less scary that way, because they will have heard the easy introduction 3-4 times, and they already have it prepared). The back row kids will also get a small prize (10 min)
3. Jeopardy! game, including various icebreaker questions and questions about my self-intro. Example Categories: "ohheythere-sensei", "sports", "classroom english", "ask ohheythere-sensei a question," "Japan" etc. They will work in teams of four and can discuss amongst themselves in Japanese, but have to answer in English. For categories like classroom english, they will have to perform the action; e.g. when I say "please stand" they must stand to get points. Team with highest point amount at end of class wins another set of small prizes (around 25 min)

Thoughts?

High school and elementary will, of course, have to be different...hmm.

Spore13
August 18th, 2009, 15:31
Alright, so here is what I am thinking and I would love for any suggestions:

1. My basic little introduction with a few key sentences on the board, with blanks that I will fill in during the speech (15)
2. Give the students a worksheet to fill out with the same sentences that are on the board, varied a bit by level. Have them fill it out in groups, creating a fictional character. (10 min)
3. Share the characters (5 min)

-if there is any time left, I'm not sure what to do, but I think it seems like it would work

wicket
August 20th, 2009, 06:37
For what it's worth and because I'm uploading old stuff on here before I get rid of it from my laptop, here's the final draft of my intro. lesson I did with senior high 1st years. Can be adapted for different levels.
lp = lesson plan
ho = handout
classroom english is for the back of their name tags [thanks for the idea lains]
powerpoint in next post in case you want to adapt it for your own wiley purposes.

wicket
August 20th, 2009, 06:46
the powerpoint that goes with the above post won't attach! boo... can we not attach ppt files?
computer nerds, help me!

Taurus
August 20th, 2009, 09:56
I love the look of that lesson plan. A couple of questions though: what is the point of taking digital photos of the students? And this seems geared towards the first lesson of the school year. Do you think that this sort of exercise might be a bit too basic for new JETs, since we arrive in the middle of the school year?

For my first lesson I was planning on a quick powerpoint presentation about me and Ireland and England. Then I was hoping to get the students to answer questions about their favourite things - to give me an idea of their English skills and confidence levels, and also so that I can factor in their likes and dislikes into future classes. I figured that if they're too shy to speak then they can write their answers down and then have a snowball session to perk them up into action. Then I was going to finish by asking them what they covered with my predecessor and what sort of lessons they like etc.

Now that I'm looking at everybody else's plans mine feel a bit lame though...

Spore13
August 20th, 2009, 10:45
The snowball session is a good idea. One of my main concerns is that according to my teacher a lot of the students don't want to speak on their own, but love working in groups. I also can't use powerpoint, so I had to think of things to keep it interesting. I'm mostly afraid that I'll just get blank stares no matter what I do. I think my days as a bad student are comming back to haunt me.

Taurus
August 20th, 2009, 10:49
I, on the other hand, can use Powerpoint, and so was going to do an amazingly brilliant multimedia presentation about the time I got blown up by terrorists, and about the time I failed at Sonic on the news. But I rehearsed with the AV equipment yesterday and the screen/projector output is tiny, so I think there's going to be a lot of students scratching their heads... I'm hoping that handing out books about videogames and newspapers with pictures of my wedding in will keep them entertained if the slides don't...

wicket
August 20th, 2009, 19:40
I love the look of that lesson plan. A couple of questions though: what is the point of taking digital photos of the students? And this seems geared towards the first lesson of the school year. Do you think that this sort of exercise might be a bit too basic for new JETs, since we arrive in the middle of the school year?

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Ah, you make an excellent point. I used this lesson in the April, with the new 1st years. But don't worry, it'll be April before you know it and you can always use it then. I still used the heads and tails in September.

The digital photos get stuck on a page with the kids' interviews of each other on either side, then stapled into a book. Then I have a visual record of each kid's face and their English level when I start teaching them - I used to also make notes on the pages if I spoke to them or whatever.

I taught over 400 kids so it came in useful for learning names.

Taurus
August 21st, 2009, 10:48
That is a great idea, that I will totally steal next term.

FiercestCalm
August 21st, 2009, 11:45
I think I finally figured out what to do... I'm giving a short self intro with big laminated pictures (like, 'I have a CAT. CAT.'), putting in gestures for every picture. Then, I'll tape up the pictures all around the room and put all the kids in the middle. When I describe one picture ('Find the CAT. *gesture* CAT.) they kids'll have to race to the correct picture. Repeat a bunch.

This is for my 1st and 2nd graders, still have no idea what to do with the 5th graders yet.

Wanderlust King
September 15th, 2009, 09:16
Bahh. I really didn't want to do an introduction lesson for my Elementary School kids, but apparently I have to when I see them for the first time this week. I have 5th and 6th graders, but I have yet to be given an Eigo Nooto book yet so I have no idea where their English levels are.

Any ideas to make it fun and full of games? I think I'll do a true/false game about myself where the kids have to dash to one side of the room or the other. After that, I'm drawing a total blank.. Would they be into an introduction relay, or is that way too basic for 5th and 6th graders?

FiercestCalm
September 15th, 2009, 09:19
Bahh. I really didn't want to do an introduction lesson for my Elementary School kids, but apparently I have to when I see them for the first time this week. I have 5th and 6th graders, but I have yet to be given an Eigo Nooto book yet so I have no idea where their English levels are.

Any ideas to make it fun and full of games? I think I'll do a true/false game about myself where the kids have to dash to one side of the room or the other. After that, I'm drawing a total blank.. Would they be into an introduction relay, or is that way too basic for 5th and 6th graders?

For my 5th graders I did pictionary after my introduction lesson. During the lesson I would emphasize 'vocab' words. Later I reviewed those words (mine were like city, mountain, beach, family, cat, etc). Then I had them split into teams and have one member per team up at the board. I'd whisper a vocab word to them, and they would have to draw it so that their team could guess the word.

Really, it was kind of easy for them, but they really enjoyed it.

Spore13
September 16th, 2009, 14:56
Just for the future- don`t try doing a worksheet. It isn't worth it and it doesn't help you get to know the kids at all.

What did work well though was playing Reverse Criss-Cross (or Rows and Columns). I asked a variety of questions, mostly related to introductions ("What is your favorite movie?") and some that were just random ("Are you a girl?"). One of the boys even excitedly yelled "of course" to the "Are you a girl?" question.

Wanderlust King
September 18th, 2009, 12:06
For my 5th graders I did pictionary after my introduction lesson. During the lesson I would emphasize 'vocab' words. Later I reviewed those words (mine were like city, mountain, beach, family, cat, etc). Then I had them split into teams and have one member per team up at the board. I'd whisper a vocab word to them, and they would have to draw it so that their team could guess the word.

Really, it was kind of easy for them, but they really enjoyed it.

A little chaos doing it that way for me. After the first fail, I drew the pictures piece by piece and students had to yell out what it was in English. First person that yelled it out then had their turn to go up to the board, have me whisper them a word, and have the class try to guess.

It went a million times smoother.

Shii
September 3rd, 2010, 13:12
I'm doing my first round of introduction lessons today, and I feel so screwed. Obviously I want to focus more on simple English words than me, but my initial attempt at doing that sped by way too fast. Also, I don't know what sort of interesting stuff to present about my hometown or hobbies. Pictures of Matsuzaka Daisuke, Obama, and snow have proven more interesting than my local library and church, but I discovered those pretty much at random. What makes the kids excited in your classes?

patjs
September 9th, 2010, 10:47
Think about back when you were in junior high. Focus on famous stars/athletes/singers whatever. Sports and entertainment. Maybe some pictures of the nearest large city. Your house and family will go over well. Random pictures of buildings like the library are pretty lame though.