How it works:
Go first - It's always recommended for the teacher to demonstrate what they are asking their students to do. This shows them what you want and nobody likes to go first... unless they do.
Record the Numbers - Record the times, words they say, etc to make the competition seem more real.
Easter Egg Lessons:
Giving Effort - Once you find the right topic or objective, your students will be giving effort without even knowing it.
Multi-tasking - They will be focusing on the exhale, speaking, and thinking about what they are actually saying.
If you've never actually played Stop The Bus in your PRE-TEEN and TEEN classes, you're doing yourself a disservice. This can also be a lot of fun for INTERMEDIATE ADULT classes. Your students will have to think quick because they're racing against each other to think of spontaneous English words.
It might be a good idea to remind them to remember and use their vocabulary section of their notebooks. Any rules or parameters you give to include things you've learned in your classes would make this game even more productive.
food | jobs | animals | phrasal verbs | adjectives | transportation
· Choose a letter for the class to use
· Students write a word in each column that begins with that letter.
· The first person who finishes yells, "Stop the bus!" and everyone has to stop writing.
· 5 points for shared answers; 10 points for unique answers
· I like to add some "English" categories like phrasal verbs or adjectives.
· This works for classes and 1-on-1 students.
· In 1-on-1 lessons, the student goes against you. (Don't be surprised if you student does better than you!)
Easter Egg Lessons:
Thinking Under Pressure - If you ever play this game with co-workers or students, you'll know what kind of pressure this game offers. You'll find it's difficult to think of a profession that begins with P when you're in the game. Our students are practicing the skill of thinking under pressure.
Losing - The truth is, most of your students will lose this game. It's an important skill to know how to lose, and to know that it's not the end of the world. Some of your classes will get very competitive. Losing is an important skill to learn in order to know how to win.
More Words - Many of the students will lose because they missed some of the obvious words that they didn't know that they know. They will end up learning words that they don't even realize that they're learning them... but you'll be able to observe this.
What else can you think of?
Have more time.