Is it hard to motivate your students sometimes? Don’t have much time for elaborate tools? Are you looking for a way to create more classroom “togetherness”? Looking for a unique way to review material and informally assess student’s language acquisition/level? Look no further than this fun and so practical game developed by a great history teacher, Andrew Field.
Fling the Teacher is a “Content generator” style game. Meaning, you the teacher just enter the information and it generates the game. Even better if you assign students to create the review game and even run the show! It is available through one of Andrew’s sites called Content Generator Just scroll down and find the game. Press “free” and follow along. View the screencast below as I show you how to download and make a game. It is simple as pie!.
Here is one I made about Korea. (where I used to teach). Can you fling the teacher?
Here is another example game which shows how you might use it to review grammar in your classroom. I also think this might be a great way to assess language, keep making the questions harder and harder and when the student stops, that is their level!
Get others that teachers have shared, on the EFL Classroom 2.o game page.
How do you play? It is basically everyone against the teacher. Just answer 15 questions correctly and you Fling the teacher. You get 3 “hints” (ask the audience, ask the prof., take away 2) along the way. You can dress up the teacher as you wish.
To make your own game, just enter your question and then the correct answer along with 3 incorrect answers. The Content Generator will automatically mix up the answers and then after you have entered 15 Questions and answers generate a .swf or Shockwave Flash file. This will play in your browser usually (or download the adobe plug in )but to get a big screen player, download the free one at Eolsoft.
How to use this in class?
I play in teams. When one team is unable to continue – the next team repeats from the start and tries to fling the teacher. The repetition really helps language learning! Also, appoint an MC to read the questions and direct. The teacher should just sit back and let the students run the show!
Further, these games should be put up on a school website or wiki so that students can play and review at home. Also, get the students making the games – this is where Web 2.0 really kicks in and students learn so much more making materials/tests than actually doing the tests.
I’d love other teachers to start making more Fling the Teacher Games so we could create a directory of games like the one already at EFL Classroom 2.0
I have several criteria for what makes a top notch language game – Fling the Teacher meets most of them.
1) educational – not just click and kill
2) text to speech. All text should have an audio component.
3) ease of use. Not complicated, idiot proof.
4) visuals – not just text based
Get Flinging the Teacher Today!!!!!!! [if you enjoyed this, you’ll enjoy the post about another generator – Quiz Break]