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Teaching Strategy #37 - Musical Chairs

Posted by anonymous on May 16, 2014 at 6:35 PM

Half time, change seats!

When you have long lessons and you want to break up the tasks, why not play musical chairs? This helps keep things interesting & students often end up sitting next to people whom they wouldn't usually choose.  This is a great way to get the class to know each other and can help with small group pairing.

Have the students stand behind their chairs, holding all their books & then play the music! When the music stops, they need to get to a seat ASAP. You can add the twist of - the last one sitting down has to do 5 pushups or situps, this really makes it a competition!  It's a bit of fun and helps re-activate the student's brains, particularly if they have been doing some mentally draining work.

This works really well for grade 10 and below but I wouldn't use it on the senior students.  They tend to view it as childish, as they like to think of themselves as adults who are beyond those types of games, and you are likely to loose rapport with them.


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