I love the book Being Creative by Chaz Pugliese. It’s full of great activities and ideas for personalising learning. It’s also a great book for new teachers to have around as it will encourage you to experiment.
I first used Being Creative a few years back when I was teaching lots of short courses. I had to do plenty of ‘Getting to know you’ lessons and I got a bit fed up with using the same old activities. I came across ‘Self-portraits’ (Being Creative, page 62 in my copy), and have used it ever since. It’s a fantastic way for finding out about your learners and to get them sharing their interests and achievements with each other.
Here’s an outline of the activity. I mainly use it with teen classes:
Ask students to draw a table in their books with three different columns (my ones below are a bit different to Pugliese’s)
(actually I make this 4 columns, including ‘two fun facts about me’)
Next, students write two of their own ideas in each column.
Now it gets fun! Instruct students to draw a symbol to represent each idea. Model this well. (more…)