The Corner Technique

Reforming the ways of Mongolian teachers and school children is best done at a slow pace. One might liken it to the speed of an aging snail. Therefore, my first priority in my classrooms is to encourage students to say the most basic words in English. I started with “teacher”. Every student knows this word, they just don’t use it. Recently, I created a fun reinforcement technique. When any student cries “bagshaa!” (my teacher), instead of the English equivalent, they get to stand in the front corner of the classroom until another student repeats the error and replaces them, or I get bored. It’s a great game. Sure, we all know teachers aren’t supposed to use embarrassment as a form of punishment, but when it’s this effective, and amusing, it’s just too hard not to.

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