This week's topic was 'Extreme Sports'. This is the lesson I've chosen for my module two assignment. Unfortunately, my students were in Jeju all day Monday so I only had the chance to do this lesson twice this week. I did record it once but since it was my first run at this lesson I feel that it could have been better. But, I suppose analysis of an imperfect lesson is the whole point of the assignment.
I started by making small talk with the class as a whole about their trip to Jeju. It turns out they did not have a good time because it was raining and their homeroom teacher was in a bad mood the whole time. I guess she didn't want to be there. One student in particular gave me a lengthy explanation for their lack of fun.
I introduced the topic by writing it on the board and asked 'What makes a sport extreme?'. The question was open to anyone. I got some one word answers like dangerous, exciting, thrilling, fun etc. .... I wrote them on the board. In retrospect I realize I should have asked a few follow up questions like 'Why is it dangerous?'(something I did do the next time). After that I asked the students 'What are the 3 kinds of extreme sports?' As a cue I offered the first one myself: 'Land'.... after that different students volunteered 'Air' and 'Water'. At this point I decided to show the video clip. It is a montage' of cool extreme sport tricks. I told the students to watch the video and try to remember one example of each kind of ES that they see because I will be asking them afterward.
The the video was about 4min and the students really enjoyed it. I think it was successful in relaxing them. After the video I asked one student to give me an example of a Land ES (in a full sentence). I did the same for 2 or 3 more students while writing the answers they gave me on the board.
Once again, before I started I forgot to list what we would be doing. Also, In the preview I recorded I didn't do it but the second time I did the lesson, after the video, I modeled an answer on the board: 'One ____ extreme sport is_____'. This was better because when I individually asked a student to give an answer he was not tempted to give me a one word answer. Also, rather than asking 'What is one land/air/water extreme sport?' myself, I had the students choose someone at random and ask. This resulted in much less teacher talk. Unfortunately, I didn't record it that time. :(