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Well, it's now 2015 and most of those students have exited the ESL program and/or have graduated so I decided to recycle the idea. This time, however, I've made it my theme for the year in an effort to remain positive and encouraging to my ELLs - many of whom struggle greatly in school because of their language deficiencies. Instead of publishing their photo on my website, I developed a getting-acquainted type of project for the first week of school.
The project was titled "Selfie Portrait" and they were asked to create a flyer using the tool of their choice which would include the following:
- Selfie wearing sunglasses
- Name as an alliteration
- Example: Jovial Jonathan
- Adjective must be positive
- Favorites list
- Five or more
- Attractive layout
- Balanced white space and font sizes
This activity can easily be implemented in an elementary classroom and can be adapted for a regular secondary class. Regardless of age or English proficiency level, students will thoroughly enjoy taking selfies and getting acquainted with their peers. For those that need a little encouragement, I find the positive adjectives affirm them and help them see themselves in a more positive light.
This started out as a getting-acquainted type of project for the first week of school, but I'm planning on keeping the flyers up all year long. I'm also planning to create a Kahoot game so we can have a little fun with the selfies and see how much they've learned about their peers.
I'm striving for the #BestYearEver. Until next time, keep your shades on!