Welcome to the spring term! Here are some ideas for your classes.
Grant Snider is one of my favorite cartoonists, and I thought this piece would be fun to share in writing classes. There's a lot of rich vocabulary and imagery here!
About a year ago, I shared some photos of children and their most prized possessions. This project by Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti has grown since then, and he has a book out this month. The (truly fantastic) photo blog at Slate has some more images up - use them to spark discussion or writing. (Ideas: What was your most prized possession as a child? Choose two photos and compare and contrast them. Which child do you most identify with?)
I've also designed a short activity that can be done as a warmup in listening and speaking classes. This short clip from Modern Family has some very natural spoken contractions, and the activity is designed to help students concentrate on vocabulary, pronunciation, and the grammatical structure of spoken contractions. It's very short and light, so please use it as a warmup: you can access and print the activity here.