Edward here at Smith’s School of English in beautiful Ohtsu city in Shiga Prefecture. As many of you know, I LOVE “The Morning Routine” so it should come as no surprise to you that this post is yet again going to praise the powers of this brilliant piece of English school curriculum. In the past I have written articles about how i use and why I love “The morning Routine”, such as…
Morning Routine: an excellent foundation, Stretching “The Morning” and even Smith’ School of English Travel Curriculum uses it! However, this time I want to let my student do the showing off for me.
Recently, one of the students at my English school took a trip to Hong Kong with her company. The trip was not business related, but rather a chance for company members to enjoy a holiday together. Upon her return, we did (review) Past 1 and (review) The Morning Routine. I had the student tell me about the first day of her trip, from meeting up with her friend in Ishiyama Town in Ohtsu in the morning to bedtime at her hotel in Hong Kong. As she was recalling her trip, I created a hint bar on the whiteboard. At the end, I asked her to copy the hint bar into her notebook and as homework I asked her to create a hintbar for days 2,3 and 4.
The following lesson the student was with Chiharu (Chiharu is the co-owner of SSE Ohtsu and a full-time teacher at the school). Chiharu asked her to describe her entire trip, Day 1 to Day 4, which she did brilliantly. As homework, Chiharu asked the student to write out the entire story. To show how powerful “The Morning Routine” lesson is, I asked my student if I could publish her story HERE.
My student’s name is Toshiko. She is a franchise business owner and a very determined English student, as English helps her with her business. She has been studying with us at Smith’s school of English Ohtsu for 1 year now, and we are incredibly proud of the progress she has made so far. I want to thank Toshiko for allowing me to publish her story, and I hope you enjoy it. Note: We helped her by circling all the mistakes, but she did all the corrections herself.
Edward, SSE Ohtsu
Great post! I used it as inspiration for this post that I just put up https://www.sse-franchise.com/soapbox/200909/08/a-students-lawsons-story/
I also really enjoy doing the morning Routine. It’s a Routine that will never be too hard or too easy. Fantastic work!
Thanks for the comments. The Morning Routine’s simplicity and complexity never ceases to amaze me. Graceful and just great! It continues to inspire both me and my students.