Views from the Smartboard
Quite a few years ago, I had a change of environment and started working in a state school which had blackboards – prompting me to suggest a new title for the blog. Well, it’s happened again…but now I’m faced with a scarily expensive smartboard! Annoyingly, there is also a whiteboard in the room…at the other end of it and whilst I love using the whiteboard, I feel it’s a little inconsistent to ask my class to turn their chairs/desks around every other day.
So, at the moment I’m going PowerPoint-crazy, prepping my lessons like the billy-o. However, I will ask someone at the centre to help me out with using the smartboard as a board, rather than just projecting everything.
Another area of excitement with this new environment is that I have been given the highest level group…which means I have a range of levels from pre-B1 to post-B2, with some who have even prepared for a C1 exam. I’m going to look into how I can effectively differentiate in the classroom, bearing in mind that the centre is materials-light (so no wonderful photocopying of various level reading texts) and also has a no-phones policy (so no wonderful differentiated listening tasks on BYOD). It’s a new adventure!