Stirrers and Settlers for Young Learners
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Does the idea of a classroom on 25 6-year olds make you want to run for the hills? If it does, you’re not alone. There are not many people in this world who are natural Young Learner teachers. It takes nerves of steel and the patience of a nun to be able to handle the bundles of energy and neediness that are our Young Learners, yet you may just find yourself in this unenviable position.
For those of us who are required to carry out a Young Learner class as best as we can, here is a secret weapon: Stirrers and Settlers (and no, these do not refer to martinis).
Stirrers are activities which encourage your learners to be active. These activities usually require movement – anything from standing, jumping and acting to walking or running. When these activities are in play, you can expect noise, laughing, screaming and general good times.
Stirring activities include songs, roleplays, ball games, class games and mingles.
Settlers are the opposite of stirrers. Settlers are activities which encourage the learners to sit down and be calm. They are necessary to establish routine in the Young Learner classroom and to ensure that your classroom is not always a place of chaos.
Settling activities include drawing, silent reading or story-telling, word games and arts and crafts.
The key to teaching Young Learners is variety and this can best be accomplished through variety of activities. This is essentially what stirrers and settlers do. During the course of a lesson there should be opportunities for your learners to be out of their seats and active, and there should be times when they are quiet and working by themselves or listening to you. However you decide to organise it, your lesson should be broken down into activities of 5 to 10 minutes each, as this is the extent of their concentration capacities.
When you need to switch between activities, make sure you give a clear signal to the learners that they will recognise and understand. In other words, come up with an action which is associated with another action – when you clap your heads everyone must return to their seats, when you bang on a drum everyone must sit on the mat, when you hold up your hand everyone must keep quiet.
When your learners become aware of the different signals and if they are given a range of stirring and settling activities, you will find your classroom will become a lot of organised and disciplined. Your learners will appreciate the structure and will be able to benefit from the content of the lessons.
Read more: Top tips for teaching young learners
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If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.