Drawing Tips

As someone who has always enjoyed drawing and studied art in college, I particularly think that we, as teachers, need to have basic drawing skills. I lost count of the times I have been asked the meaning of something that was a lot easier for me to explain by drawing. Also, engaging students into drawing tasks adds a fun element to the classroom environment. Here are some of the benefits of drawing which I happen to have found when I was browsing the net the other day, just in case you’re wondering.

What does your dad do

My students were learning names of jobs and what people do, for instance, a police officer keeps our community safe, a firefighter puts out fires, a taxi driver drives around town, etc. They also learned to describe their parents´ schedule. After a few classes and significant practice on the topic, we wrapped this lesson up with a writing task in which they wrote about their parents. We used an app called CHATTER PIX, which allows users to add a voice to a picture. No need to mention they had a blast! Check out our video.

OPTION 2: Students draw themselves in the clothes of the professional they want to become when they grow up and write about it. They can explain their choice by using a reason or an adjective.

Examples:

1) When I grow up, I want to be a doctor because I want to help sick people.
2) I want to be a vet because I love animals and I want to help sick animals.
3) I want to be an architect because I think it´s interesting/fun/lucrative.

In the end, they record their text by using CHATTER PIX.

Tip: Allow students to practice reading their text before recording it, so you can correct any pronunciation difficulties they may have.