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    Warm-up activities as a tool in teaching language

    Warm-up activities are performed at the beginning of a class to prepare the students for about five minutes. Simple stretching of muscles can give momentum and enhance curiosity in learning. This also brings a change for teachers to boost their energy levels by visualisation these activities.

    In primary levels these warm up activities can be initiated easily but as the levels reach higher, it may be a bit difficult due to shortage of time and syllabus, especially in language classes.

    Can you suggest some warm up activities for high school students.

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  • #703512
    Online learning doesn't permit constant sitting and learning. The periods for different classes are promulgated. If that can be strictly followed, we need not have any warming-up activities. Students should sit comfortably, and move their legs and hands frequently. Especially they should care about their eyes. They should blink their eyes regularly. Drink sufficient water. Wipe off their faces with a wet towel. If done, they won't feel any fatigue. During the class break, do some bend and stretch exercises.
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  • #703543
    Induction or familiarisation time is needed only in the case of altogether new ventures. Yes, it was needed when the online classes were started and for most students it was first time. I watched such online classes and found that they had given sufficient awareness by various modes and the students were more or less prepared for that. They just wanted a fist hand experience. But the teachers did well to familiarise and make students feel comfortable in the initial classes. The reception was good and the feedbacks were also good and positive.
    Languages do not need any special warm up activities. The general familiarisation and awareness is sufficient for language classes too.
    (My view is based on Online classes in Kerala via KITE-VICTERS channel

  • #703843

    Warm-up activities would help children in refreshing themselves and even relax and gather concentration. As mentioned that for primary or lower classes, it is easy and for secondary school, it is a bit difficult as many students may not be that involved in taking the warm-up.

    For the secondary section, especially for language classes, the teacher can come prepared for the lesson with the knowledge about the author, his other writeups, his other books, more information about him/her and them ask children to answer it as a quiz or like identify the person, etc.

    When some short quizzes are played, students would become more active and have an interest in learning. One can keep on changing the game or give points as per their houses for each correct answers to add participation and even help them refresh a bit.

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  • #704097
    I appreciate members approach towards warm-up activities. Short quiz, riddles and problems related to the lesson can enrich their views to open up their possible solutions.
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  • #704430
    When I was in high school, we had a mathematics teacher. He used to start his class only after making all the students stand and sit for 5 to 6 times. We used to get up when the teacher comes in. This particular teacher used to stand and then sit. He used to repeat the same sequence for 5 or 6 times. That used give us some activeness. I think this is the concept the author is telling.
    Another teacher used to ask some short questions related to our lesson in his last class. That will make us refresh our knowledge on the subject taught in the last class. This is also a warm-up activity for the students.

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  • #704444
    A session of warm up activity is essential where the teacher related to a subject would ask some short questions related to the subject just to know that previous chapters have been is short time taking exercise but introduction of such a session provides ample scopes for each student to be well versed with the different chapters.
    Such an attempt will help the pupils in complete assimilation of the topics of each subject and surely this is a preparatory way to enhance skill for the annual examination.

  • #704503
    There are two types of warm up activities which can be undertaken by the class. First is physical like standing and stretching and bending and exercising for 2-3 minutes and then relaxing for a minute before the class starts. Another is mental exercise where the teacher gives a background to today's lesson and asks some general questions to check the awareness of the students about that. The purpose of both these physical and mental things is to make the students alert about their situation and to inculcate a sense of discipline that before the class this is the ritual they have to undergo. It helps them to become more and more receptive to the teacher's preachings as well as teachings.
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