I used a speed dating concept from the whole school INSET day delivered at the start of the year and adapted it to suit my AS PE class.My class were studying a topic on the organisation of sport in the UK and were struggling to get to grips with all of the various organisational bodies and their roles.
In this exercise, students "speed date" each other to practice role plays calling for "chunks" or phrases used for each situation.
This type of approach to teaching is based on the lexical approach or the chunks of language we tend to use to speak about certain situations.
I ask the girls to have a seat first, spacing them out so that there are no more than two per table. This is to ensure that there is an adequate variety of books that will appeal to both genders at each table. As the activity progresses, I watch that students read and engage with the books.
Sometimes, after a few “dates,” I see that a student does not appear to be interested in any of the choices.
It’s always great to have students think a program is fun, but it’s an added bonus when that program gets books into their hands that they really enjoy and actually finish.
” It made me smile to hear a senior boy pass by and say those words as I was setting up the decorations for a group of freshmen.THE REWARDS OF SUCCESSFUL MATCHMAKING While it is fun and there are lots of giggles about the numerous puns during the book speed dating activities, the most rewarding part is the response that comes a few days after our sessions.Teachers report how almost all of the students love the books they chose, and how quiet the room is with them all reading.This results in their making an informed choice before they check out the book, and the book they choose will be one they enjoy reading.PROCEDURE: When students come in, I have them stand in a group away from the tables and begin by asking who is familiar with speed dating (sometimes, even freshmen have done speed dating! I give a short explanation, then tell them that, although it might surprise them, choosing a book is really a lot like choosing someone to date.For instance, the first thing we notice (if most of us are honest) is a person’s physical appearance.