Rhodia Dot Pad

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I have been using this pad for work for the last few months. I write notes on it for my students and give them to them to paste in their workbooks.

Below you can see that I also jotted down a few blog post ideas while I was waiting for a lesson to start. If you are a regular reader, you now know what will be coming up!

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I like dot grid because it gives you more freedom than lined paper and yet gives you guidance not offered by blank paper.

When I am explaining grammar principles I often draw diagrams and have text coming out at different angles from the diagrams. Top to bottom and left to write. This allows me to keep my text straight, and once you have written on the paper, the dots are no longer visible.

An example would be the verb tenses in English. English has two forms of every tense – the simple (for habit, facts, things you do all the time) and the continuous (for things that are temporary or going on at the present time). These are very difficult for Swedish speakers to learn as they only have one form of each tense.

So to help the student with these, I would create a square filled with the name of the tense and the grammar rule, and coming out from that block would be one example. The student would then fill in several more examples as homework, also radiating from the central square.

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