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.