Games in Middle School?
I am interviewing on Wednesday for a Spanish teaching position at a middle school. A lot of resource books that I have found describe fun games and activities to teach a foreign language; however, the classes that I have observed were very teacher-directed, lecture-based classrooms. The students did not seem very inclined to participate in any discussions, let alone games.
Second-graders (my current grade level) are always up for games and fun activities to enhance learning, so my question to you veteran middle school teachers is this - do your students, in 6th through 8th grade, enjoy games? How do you approach getting them up and involved instead of just sitting there? What if certain students do the whole eyeball-rolling, I'm too cool for this routine?
Please help - I am very excited about this opportunity but not sure how to get my students motivated, engaged, and excited about learning Spanish.