I've been teaching Intermediate for 6 years now, and the truth is, no matter how pretty your page, if it's not RELEVANT, it's BORING (to them, I actually love pretty pages).
Each September I get in the know and have open discussions about whats going on in the world with my students (for example, summer 2016 was all Olympics and Pokemon GO!). This booklet allows students to take their time to fill out the pages (so they are not ON THE SPOT during some icebreakers which can be completely intimidating and thats when most "too cool" attitudes come out due to lack of confidence!). This way, the students have time to chat amongst peers, think about their answers, and be ready to share when we open up for discussion about the topics chosen. I like to do this first - then add in a game or two, before any academics come into play... being back to school is tough for them and they definitely can't swing back to the groove right away... if you have any questions or if you want me to make anything special for you I can!
Page 1- getting to know you - the basic info + discussion questions for summer 2016
page 2- magic wand - opening students up to sharing their beliefs about their future dreams without it being so darn aggressive!
page 3- questionnaire about instagram, facebook, all social media sites plus a few other simple photo circling fun.. sure to get em talking !
page 4 - riddles (for the ones who rush and finish before everyone else.... this avoids the IM DONE NOW WHAT? students. Have them ponder on these riddles. (yes answers given at the bottom of the page in tiny weeny font!)
ENJOY THE FIRST DAY BACK ! :) HAPPY 2016-2017 !!