Teachers! Don’t be facilitators, be complicators!

Welcome to another blog post about being a complicator. My friend Dixie Santana once said that she felt it was better to be a complicator than it was to be a facilitator.  These are words I have taken to heart and you should, too!  Why not? 

I have, according to some, no, many of my colleagues, gone over to the dark side of language education. I have fully embraced constructivism and what it can do for  my students.  I am not sure why teachers don’t use it more. I think it has a lot to do with whiney students who think they aren’t being taught unless I am pushing some kind of passive learning method by passing out grammar worksheets, having students listen to artificial-sounding audios, or blathering on at the front and center of the room about some microscopic grammar point students will never, ever, ever use.  Enough, I say!

Call in the grammar police!  If you are curious how I get students to learn grammar points (note: I didn’t say ‘teach’ grammar points) using a constructivist approach, take a look at the grammar police activity below.  Not all activities are grammar oriented, but they are all difficult, student-centered, and very active.  Take a look. Try ’em out and let me know how your kids did.  Mine did wonderfully.  Print double sided on cardstock and you should have a deck of cards that students will have to draw from. Enjoy.

You can download a PDF here.

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