theLingoGuy classroom rule book
Rule # 1
Go in with a plan
Solutions to mistakes made
checking videos before playing, especially with an erratic Internet connection.
Sometimes I did not have the time to check the videos beforehand. The bbc website and the relevant player were very patchy.
ensuring people understand the task.
As I have mentioned previously, a complex task where I split the group into students dictating or paraphrasing a text I did not explain well enough, and ended up with a confused and slightly lost student.
giving fair talking time to all.
I did a lot of direct questions to specific students. And often do this at the beginning of a course, partly in order to remember names. Also gave sufficient time at the beginning of the week for each student to talk. However I did not always follow through during meetings/ discussions later. I allowed the groups, as they were both at an advanced level to take ownership for their own communication.
active tasks after lunch and the grave yard shift .
This I also did not follow through with on every day, but on those I did kinetic activities there was no energy fade out by the end of the eight hour day.
Last but not least on a cursory note, make sure I am fully fit for the intensive, one of the two weeks I had a cold which made me function only at 75%. An intensive such as this requires a lot of energy and being on top of things.