Only one class with 2 Gem today, and I really dislike it because it is after assembly. I always end up with about half my time left :/

Anyway, remember how surprised I was to see only nine students in class the other day? Well, today there were seven.

Yes, SEVEN. =.=

Well, I guess it didn’t matter. It’s not like I will not teach if there were less than ten students 😉 In fact, it’s a GREAT thing because I find it soooooo much easier to teach and they are sooooo much easier to handle when there are only seven of them 😛 Plus, these seven were the better, more well-behaved kids, and I guess this was a rare opportunity for them to have uninterrupted learning time—for TWO days now! 😀

I wanted to do Adverbs with them today. So I started off by asking them, “Class, where did I put my bag?” The expected answer was, “You put your bag there.” And since they had just come from assembly, I asked them, “When did you go for assembly?” And the expected answer for that one was, “We went for assembly just now.” So these words, tell us more about the verbs, more about when and where an action takes place. So these are called Adverbs 🙂 Most important to note is that adverbs are always related to verbs—they must tell us more about a verb. Otherwise, they are not called adverbs.

I gave them this example, “There are some books there.” I asked them to identify the verb first: are. Good. Then which one is the adverb. They told me, ‘there’. “Which ‘there’?” I asked. “The first or the second one?” They said, “The second one.” Which is right. But I wanted to find out from them if they knew why. One of the students actually managed to answer it correctly, saying, “Because the second one is related to the verb.” I was mighty proud of him :’) They actually managed to answer quite a challenging question! 😀 True, it’s only one boy, but it’s better than none! 😉

I referred to their English text books page 57. I made them copy down these notes in their Grammar books:

Adverbs tell us more about a verb. Adverbs of place tell us where the action takes place. Adverbs of time tell us when the action takes place.

To demonstrate, we did Task 1 in the text book together. I found it very important that they first, identify which is the verb. Only then look for words that describe either where or when the action happens. And then specify the type of adverb: either place, or time.

Since there were so few of them, I managed to ask some students to try the questions out one by one. Of course, I guided them by asking, “Okay, first of all, which is the verb?” “Good, now which is the adverb?” “That’s right! Now is that an adverb of place or time? Does it tell us where or when?”

I made sure all of them bracket the verbs, then underline the adverbs, and then identify the type. Because we were going to do the same for their subsequent task. There was still some time left, unexpectedly, so I thought I’d try out the first few of the items in my Handout 11A.

I managed to do the first four or five items. Doing the exact same thing that I’d taught them, 1) bracket the verb, then 2) underline the adverb, and finally 3) identify the type. Initially, I had wanted them to make their own sentences using those same adverbs in this exercise. But as a last minute judgment, I felt that they weren’t ready yet to make their own sentences with just an adverb given. I had not given enough, or the right input for them to do so, and it wouldn’t be fair.

I did, however, believe in copying sometimes being able to solidify what has been learned. So I made them rewrite the sentences. Hopefully, all that SVA and present tense or past tense sentences will be able to seep through, somehow! xD

They were able to identify the adverbs pretty well, sometimes skipping ahead of the ‘identifying verbs’ part to give me the answer for the adverbs immediately. But I wanted to make it very clear that adverbs are related to verbs, and that identifying the verb FIRST, will allow you to be able to identify the adverb accurately.

Strangely though, they had not too much problem with identifying adverbs, but more on identifying the type of adverb, either place or time. :/ So I told them to ask themselves if it answers a Where, or a When question. Then it would make it a Place and a Time adverb respectively. 🙂

All in all, they are certainly making progress, little by little. And I am beginning to be really proud of this bunch of kids, even if it’s just a small fraction of the entire class. I really hope the others will be able to catch up. My suspicion though, is that some of them just won’t be bothered. I have all the handouts with me. I wonder how many will actually seek me out to get them from me? >.<

A simple but satisfying lesson with 2 Gem today! 😀



1. Handout 11A (Adverbs of Place and Time)