This is a representation of my classroom from a teaching perspective. What do you see? A wall? Yes. Well, that’s what I have. No whiteboard/blackboard. I have a wall but thankfully a wireless projector and a laptop, you should also know that EVERY student has their laptop but no pens or paper. They do have external mice, cooling platforms, web cams, external drives you name it. It’s like a laptop convention.
What does this all mean?
Well, it doesn’t feel like a traditional classroom, it feels like a modern classroom and where we’re moving. Don’t ask about IWB as most places don’t have them due to costs and lack of software. PPT is the name of the game where I work and Google.
But how do you teach without a whiteboard?
Thankfully, I have lots of PPT which I adapt for some classes while for others I just do speaking discussion, no grammar as they get that in a separate class and online. In essence, they learn English online via a programme so I am there for practice and in that class they don’t want long grammary focus sections. Most don’t mind being corrected every so often or helped along but it’s a speaking practice class for definite.
From a Dogme perspective, this means working with emergent language has to be done when it arises unless I want to not it on my mobile or laptop. What I have started doing is making notes and then choosing appropriate homework such as a reading/listening/video with vocab/grammar questions.
What has evolved in the speaking classes is ‘screens down’ time and lots of it. This is where students put their screens down and actually talk like human beings without Facebook. They listen and support each other. Lots of peer correction means I now only deal with the serious problems/weaknesses and then move things into more challenging areas. Yes, the topics move a lot too and develop.
It may not look like a classroom but it feels like a modern one. Any thoughts?