"Should it be -ing or to+infinitive?" or how to use mobiles in note-taking?

Updated: May 3, 2019


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My grade 7 students need strong stimuli to actually engage and do some work. Of course the strongest stimulus they can get is hearing "take your mobile phones out" 馃槄 Every lesson which involves them using phones is automatically more interesting.

We've just started the topic of gerunds and infinitives and I wanted to make the process of note-taking a bit more attractive for them. I wanted them to create something which later they could use while completing activities. This is what I came up with:


Each student got their graph. In the hallway outside our classroom I had hang up QR codes with different verbs. Each QR code has a sentence with the verb hidden in it. Students need to scan the code, read the sentence and put the verb in the right circle: blue for gerund, yellow for to+infinitive, green for both (if a verb takes both gerund and to+infinitive the code has two sentences hidden in it).


The QR code with "stop" has a different font colour. I've pointed it out to the students asking them to try