I lost my plan for Russian 1 today. (Remembered too late that I was going to use the one we started about singing on the bus.) I looked up at the back board and realized I still haven’t glued up the list of about 15 words that I think are critical to keep repeating, so that was not helpful. Thought, “had, said, went.” Looked at Max, who was trying to hide behind his long hair. Asked the class his name. One kid said, “Brad Pitt!” Max became Brad Pitt with a problem. What was his problem? He has long hair. “Has” is a tough structure in Russian. We have to repeat it about a million times. He wants short hair, but he has long hair. So he goes to Trend Setters, where they refuse to cut it. Then he goes to Clip City, where his mom is working, and she loves his long hair and won’t cut it. Finally he goes to Mr. Lau, a gym teacher here, and Mr. Lau shaves his head, so of course he has a new problem. But the period was suddenly over, so we didn’t have to deal with that.
I channeled Ben for the shaving…didn’t use the word “shaved,” only a sound that the kid playing Mr. Lau supplied. It worked!
For tomorrow, we’re going to read this story and a couple of extensions with details that my next class is going to help me think of. They don’t know that yet.