Sometimes, the last thing you need is yet another activity for Monday morning.
Are you like me? Do you have a thick file of activities that you picked up at conferences and workshops? “Fail-safe!” “Fool-proof!” “Works with any level.” These are just some of the things that you’re told when you collect another one.
But what do you do when one of those activities doesn’t work? When the students don’t respond as you hoped they would? What about when an activity works well with one group but not a different group?
We can hide behind new and innovative ideas for only so long before we have to acknowledge that unless those activities lead to student learning we’re just wasting time.