Thought for the day – “Whoever is happy will make others happy, too.”
This is a quote from Anne Frank. She was born in Frankfurt on 12 June 1929. On all the photos I’ve found of her, she is always smiling.
It’s amazing how she was so positive in such adverse conditions.
In my primary classes, apart from obvious linguistic objectives, making my class a happy place to be, is very important to me as I feel a positive and motivational environment is the key to successful learning.
Lightbown & Spada said:
“If we can make our classrooms places where students enjoy coming because the content is interesting and relevant to their age and level of ability, where learning goals are challenging yet manageable and clear, and where the atmosphere is supportive and non-threatening, we can make a positive contribution to students’ motivation to learn.”
from Lightbown, P.M. & N, Spada, (1999), How languages are learned Oxford University Press
The children in my class really love the How are you? song on Dream English: http://www.dreamenglish.com/feelings
This comes with simple but attractive flashcards.
Why not link this topic to Power of a smile Day on 15 June?