Each Follow Friday (#FF on Twitter) we pull a buried blog post from the dusty archives of the web. We hope you agree that there is a lot to learn from these “oldie but goodie” posts by educators.
Why we pulled it from the archives? One of the reasons I almost always wait for a movie to come out on DVD instead of watching it at the theatre is that I love the behind the scenes bonus material. Directors are some of the most creative humans on this planet, and there’s nothing like getting inside their heads after watching a great film that they created from scratch. James Taylor, known in the #ELT online community as The Teacher James, is both a writer and a teacher, and he was recently inspired by an interview with director, Mike Leigh. After watching the interview, James blogged about how some of the director’s techniques could be applied in the classroom:
” If we see the teacher as a director and the students as actors, then I think we can see the story as a curriculum. Rather than arrive in the classroom with a prescribed plan, detailing the students classes for the next few weeks, the teacher and the students (led by the students) make their own curriculum over the the length of the course. ”
James goes on to describe how Mike Leigh doesn’t share the whole story with his cast when filming begins, but rather lets them experience it naturally. With September coming, and new classes beginning, I highly recommend reading this post! Don’t be surprised if it inspires you to approach your classes with a new sense of direction.
PS-If you enjoy James’ writing, be sure to check out his ELT book reviews on TEFL.net.
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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