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A short video to promote thinking and talk

Working with students who have English as a second language (or third) finding opportunities for talk is important. I wrote this week about the needs of EAL students and one of the most important is the time to talk. “Your life in jelly beans” provides a great tool with which you can stimulate talk in the classroom.

No child lines up in the playground thinking “I can’t wait to write that learning objective down” so we have a duty to make the start of lessons something engaging. A picture or a video and five minutes of talk is a great way to get children active in their learning and create a positive classroom environment for learning.

This video is a great lesson starter or maybe even a prompt for writing.

It provides a visual image of the time we have in our lives to accomplish and as such provides a great starting point for talk with pupils.

How can you (or how have you) used this video in class? Leave your experience of this video in the classroom in the comments box below.

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