Sometimes all you need on Monday is a little inspiration. Manic Monday is a writer’s-blocked blogger’s dream come true. It can also be a timesaver for teachers who need writing or discussion prompts to get students back to thinking in English after a weekend away from the classroom. If you don’t have a warmup planned (or your dog ate it), and you’ve used all of our weekly warmups, check out the Manic Monday blog for inspiration. Invite your students to answer the weekly question in one of the following forms:
1. In a group discussion
2. In a blog post
3. In a pair discussion
4. In a journal
5. In a video or chat room
If you have a class blog, be sure to bookmark Manic Monday and use it whenever you run out of ideas. You’ll have fun participating as well. I’ve tried it out with today’s prompt:
Today’s Manic Monday Prompts (#222)
1. Imagine you can only keep 5 things that you have (people not included). What 5 things would you keep?
1. My Macbook Pro (It has all of my photos, work, and music. It’s my mini me. )
2. My notebooks. (Okay that’s like 100. Can I say my notebook shelf?)
3. My wallet. (This is kind of necessary. I’ll need to replace other stuff I no longer have, such as passport and documentation.)
4. Baby book #1. You can never replace those memories. A strand from the first hair cut is in there!
5. Baby book #2. Ditto. Even though it doesn’t compare to baby #1′s, it does have the birth announcement!
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever had to learn?
You can’t change people. My mom always told me that when I was younger, but I didn’t understand exactly what she meant. I understand now, but I still have to remind myself often.
Today is the first day of the rest of my life and I’m going to… stop worrying about things that are out of my control. “To worry is to pray for what you don’t want.” I read that recently, but I can’t remember who said it. I’ll try not to worry about not providing credit to the correct author. Was it Eckhart Tolle? Was it Deepak Chopra? Was it Oprah Winfrey?
Tara Benwell is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry. She is the media director and head writer for ESL-Library. Her debut novel, The Proper Order of Things is available on Amazon and in the iBookstore. Website: http://www.tarabenwell.com Twitter: @tarabenwell