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So today the one photocopier / printer in the college stopped working ... again! Why we can't have a backup printer is a question that has been asked many times with an answer yet to be forthcoming!
Everyone panicked... calls were made etc... I started to march over to management to voice my protests when I stopped. I thought about the classes I'd planned for tomorrow ... and had an amazing realisation ... both my sessions were completely material free.
It was a total accident but I felt great. Plus I was then able to share round some ideas... to a certain level of scepticism... combined with growing interest :-) It was the Mike Harrison idea that brought one of my friends round :-D
So if anyone's interested... my plan for tomorrow's E1 class is to start with "Something we did" p36 of Teaching Unplugged and see where it goes. If you haven't got a copy I'd highly recommend it. Followed by a slightly adapted version of Mike Harrison's excellent lesson on reverse reading.
With my E3s... I'm planning to go out and buy some A4 notebooks tonight. Then we can start using notebooks as coursebooks as per another amazing lesson shared by Jason Renshaw . I actually found that post through Chris Miner's new blog where he describes a great session. The learners are already primed to bring in their own texts so we'll see how it goes. Plus if there's time I'd like to do a bit of vocab revision using this fun, interactive idea from Cecilia Lemos.
Once again many thanks to bloggers all over the world for sharing their inspiring teaching moments online and particularly the ones above who have helped me plan my first unplugged day! I am feeling quite chuffed... I'm a long way off being fully unplugged but tomorrow is looking pretty good and perfect timing as well ;-p