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About this product: If you love language, which I do, that love can become contagious. By the end of the year, every year, all of my students celebrate how crazy and unpredictable English is as a language. It makes our classroom a fun place to be.
Fun is an important element of my classroom environment. I can't find any academic research that specifically says if students are having fun while learning, they will learn better, but I know this statement is true. I've seen it personally. During those first five years of my teaching career, I know how begrudgingly my students participated when my classroom was admittedly dull, traditional, and my students were rarely prompted to talk to each other. In this--my 27th year as an educator--I see how excited they are to "tackle" a new poem or writing mini-lesson because they trust that I've added an element of fun to the lesson. They expect certain things we do to be fun; it is part of our routine.
Now don't misunderstand me. In my classroom, we have to learn things that are not very fun too. But I balance out each un-fun thing we must do with something that's purposely meant to be enjoyable. It works. The less-than-fun things don't seem so bad when they know something fun will most likely follow.
This is a month's worth of puns and language riddles that is designed to establish a Monday routine with my students: Monday Pun-Day (or Language Fun-Day). For the first four weeks, I share interactive PPT slides with some of my favorite puns; I have forty of these slides. At the end of the fourth week, my students are challenged to take over the routine and send me PowerPoint slides of puns that are worthy of being shared with the class. This is the kind of student-centered classroom I aim to create and foster.
Even if you don't establish a Monday Pun-Day routine like mine, these slides are great for setting a mood of "Language is Fun!" with your students.
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