Date: 16.05.2011

Aim: raising awareness of the use of ENV model.

Material : yes/no situation: 30 Countries without a Passport

A man managed to visit over thirty foreign countries without his passport. He was welcomed in each country and left each one of his own accord. He did this in one day.

Procedure: finding the answer for this situation.

Step 1: the students read the situations and we clarified all the words that could prevent the students from finding the answer for this situtation.

Step 2: they worked individually and tried to write down all the parametres they could think of. Then they compared the parameters in pairs and choose 2 parametres out theis lists. The whole class discussion let us choose the key words of this situation and select the parametres to find the key for the solution of this situtation:

- without a passport, welcomed, 30 counries for one day: 1. particular place he visited, 2. the job he had.

Step 3: the students asked the questions with the selected parametres in their head trying to find the answer of the situation.

Feedback: It becomes already a good tradition to practise the yes/no situation with the colleagues before implementing it during the class. It is not only fun but also anticipating the possible questions and the parametres to choose during ENV model practice. I tried to be more like a quide for the students and let them choose the parametres and test them. The students did not find the answer for the situation but their questions became more conscious.

# Alexander Sokol 2011-05-28 16:06
Elena, a few questions:
- how did the students choose the parameters from their lists in Step 2? What was the basis for their choice?
- I am not sure I understand what you mean by 'asked questions in the heads'? Can you elaborate a little?
- can you share with us the reasons for feeling that the students' questions have become more conscious? What exactly has changed about them?
The idea of practising Yes-No games with colleagues sounds interesting. Do they enjoy it? :)
# Elena Ivanova 2011-06-08 04:17
Alexander, thank you for all your useful comments which make me reflect upon the lessons.
- the students were supposed to think about all the possible variants (or values, if I am right) to solve the miniproblem in a productive way.
-I didn not mean the questions that the students had in their head but they should keep in mind the parametres which we worked out.
- I would like to say that the students started asking not just the guessing questions but the "thinking questions". They have a strategy now: first reflect upon the situation, analyse it, think about the parametres and then act. It's like think twice before doing the task (the parametres and the accuracy).
Yes-No games practising is a good break time activity for my colleagues which always create a working-thinking atmoshere:-)
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