Organising the classroom

It’s the start of the new year and the first challenge I have come to is the range of students I have in the class. Some of them have come into this Intensive English class at 13 years old, after 2 to 3 years in the primary school. Others are new arrivals with between 1 to 3 months experience learning in Australia.

The standard of English is so different. The majority have already developed good decoding skills; Only 2 will require intensive work on their basic sounds. Many have a strong basic math background. So some of the basic work that I used to have to cover intensively do not need such attention now.

My first focus is on how to differentiate in the classroom. This week I will be organising the students into ability groups so that they can develop their learning at their own pace. Step 1 will be the planning of the tables. Step 2 will be the organisation of learning activities and preparation of materials. Here’s to a busy week ahead.