What is better for English classes, to follow a routine or to do varied activities that may surprise our students? To teach the same scheduled activities, more or less, or to invest variation?
Both, in my opinion.
Each teacher has his own way of doing things, hopefully for his students’ sake.
To have some routine makes our students focus on the activities: they expect the same procedures. It seems sound to have some scheduled scheme for classes, but also it looks fine to implement activities that break the routine.
The point is to evaluate our students’ ways of reacting and their needs and their expectations, and think what is better for them. A mixture of routine and no routine seems okay with students – daily life in the classroom tells you what is more convenient. / Photo from: teaching class www educationnews org