Getting started with the games books
*This blog post is for customers who have bought one of my four games books.
I hope you've started using your games book but if not, here is some encouragement.
1. It's a manual, not a novel. Firstly, please don't try and read the whole book. You might end up feeling overwhelmed by all the options and do nothing.
Have you ever browsed through a cookery book and then not actually made a single recipe? I know I have!
2. Start by reading the introduction to glean any tips relevant to you. It's especially important to read the classroom management tips with children.
3. Just pick a game and try it!
Decide what vocabulary and/or phrases you are teaching in your next lesson. And pick a game, any game, and try it in the next lesson.
The sooner you get started, the easier it will become.
4. Use the steps
The games are divided into steps, listening, speaking, and reading and writing. (The preschool games doesn't have any reading and writing games.)
You start by presenting new language using any listening game. Use one or two of those, depending on how fast your class learns.
Then try step two...and so on!
5. Other quick start methods
Look for the section that concerns your latest book purchase:
With the preschool games book, it's really helpful if you have the stories. You can use the lesson plans that come with those, all made of games from the preschool games book.
With the primary school games book "176 games" you get 16 elementary lesson plans made of games to get you started, so try those. Those lesson plans can be adapted to teach anything.
If you can't get started try Battleships, Fill in Drill and Ten Important Sentences with Watermelon for starters.
If you have Teach Your Child English start by watching the 3 demo lessons and copy those. When you watch them, read the comments in the book at the same time. You'll glean extra tips that way.
And ask me any questions in the comments below - I'll reply to you!
All the best
Shelley Ann Vernon
Teaching English Games