One of the classes I am currently teaching has been an absolute joy to teach. Each and every student has a enthusiastic attitude toward learning, and they all help one another. As a teacher, I can’t even begin to tell you how motivating it is to walk into a class that has such a determination to learn. However, when grammar enters into the classroom, my same students become frustrated almost immediately despite wanting to learn more. One reason for this is the fact that many of them haven’t been in a “traditional” grammar classroom since they were in primary school. For others, they have never taken grammar in a formalized course. It doesn’t help that grammar lessons are often full of metalanguage.
To make grammar a bit more lively I decided to have a grammar auction this week to review some grammar points we have been focusing on in class. Grammar auctions (also known as sentence auctions) are fairly common in the ESL teaching world, but I am not certain about their popularity in K-12.
For those of you who would like to give them a try in your own class, I made a video to give you a quick overview to help you get started.
(Side note: I said in the video, I only had $300, but that is a lie. I have enough money for 6 groups to have $300 each. Whoops!)
Here is a link to the Google Doc template I created. Feel free to make a copy and adapt however you’d like. Let me know if you have your own grammar auction.