“As M.C. Hammer use to sing, ‘It’s Grammar Time'” I would say as I danced across the front of the room. Thus would begin any of my lessons on commas, subject / verb agreement, pronoun / antecedent agreement, and any other grammar issue. Of course, this created a cacophony of “Ughs, Args, and guffaws.” I could actually hear kids cringe.
Then, I would get out the grammar books with exercises and worksheets and begin the lessons. We would do a few together, do a few with a study buddy, do a few independently, and then the kids would take a quiz. We would Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Then, write with the hope the kids would apply these grammar skills. However, it did not always work. I will let you in on a secret. Sometimes teenagers don’t think about what they are doing.
This year I plan on letting the students teach the lessons. I have not worked out all of the details and hope some of you could give me some ideas. I could break students into small groups (4-6) and let them teach each other. I could give individual assessments and reward the group with the highest average with food or extra credit or smiley-face stickers.
Or, I could have an individual teach a rule to the class. Or…
I know that I learned grammar best when I taught it. My dilemma: Is there a best way? I know there is no one way that works for every student or type of learner. Therefore, how did you learn writing conventions, grammar rules, etc.? Thank you for sharing.