Have you got a call bell in the classroom? If not, you should definitely get one!
WHAT CAN YOU USE IT FOR?
1 CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT! I use the bell to attract students’ attention when they get too noisy while doing an activity/project or to mark the end of the time they had to do the task (for this purpose also check out a kitchen timer!).
Students seem to like the bell more than other attention-getting techniques – it’s unusual, it’s fun, it makes you feel like a quiz show participant!
And you can use it for quizzes too:
- Prepare questions
- Divide the students into two teams
- A member from each team comes out
- Read the question – the first student to hit the button answers the question. If the answer is correct, they get a point for their team. If it isn’t, their team loses a point and the other player can have a try.
3 PEER CORRECTION!
When we play a game to practice a new grammar structure and I want students to listen to each other, I take out the bell and put it in the middle of the desk/carpet (I work in groups up to 8, so we only need one bell).
Students listen to each other and if they hear a mistake, they ring the bell. The student self-corrects or waits for group mates’ help. Even if the student corrected the mistake, they don’t get a point for the answer.
!!! Make sure that students have fun correcting each other and being corrected. If I have a student in the group who is overly sensitive about making mistakes, I avoid activities like this.
4 AS A PROP FOR ROLEPLAYS!
We use it instead of a doorbell (it sounds exactly like one) when we act out dialogues or roleplays with both young learners and teenagers.
Do you have a call bell in the classroom? What do you use it for?
You can order a bell like this on AliExpress, for example.