Today, I took another page out of the Bryce Hedstrom handbook and used el bebé malo for my PAT game. I still gave them a choice between different games, but all the classes chose el bebé malo, except one. I didn’t actually have a baby, so I had the classes choose a prop. They kept choosing this little monkey that a student brought in as a prop for class and it stuck. The name of the game was changed to el mono loco.
How did it go? What can I say, it was a total hit. It is hard to describe the amount of energy coming from 20 screaming middle schoolers/high schoolers. Wow. The best part is that they were learning their numbers because they were all counting in Spanish
I added a few elements to make it more competitive. Instead of one person looking for el mono loco, it was two teams competing against each other. That gave the game an even greater competition edge. I also added that the team with the fastest time would earn an additional three points which gave even more urgency.
I think a lot of teachers know that numbers are something that students do not learn easily in L2. It is not that numbers are hard to learn, I just think that there is not enough repetition. This game really helps that, but the best part is that the kids love it and since they love it they will want it again. Which means they will want to earn PAT points to get it. Which means they will do anything to get those PAT points.
At this point, I can honestly say that I look forward to teaching and I love it… not very common for a second year teacher. I have a lot to be thankful for.