It’s freezing in my little classroom. There’s a cracked window, so that plus the fact that the wind is howling makes it chilly in this under-insulated relocatable. I moved my first class to the library, where things didn’t go as well as I’d like, and the next class to be in here was cold and not too forthcoming.
What I ended up doing was sharing the story that the first year kids had done, and asked the advanced class to finish it. They did. Maybe I’m just getting used to their talking ability. Need to switch it up a bit for my sake, if not for theirs.
(They loved the Valentine’s Day vocab: as per Nathan, they were pickup lines: Could I have your phone number, What are you doing tonight, and the one that our exchange student said she heard last summer: does your mother need a son-in-law?)
Last night I ran across a video we’d done when Susie skyped with our group. One of her suggestions (planning for a sub day) was to have kids in pairs draw stories (the drawings will help them remember the story line), then choose actors to act out the story as they tell it. That’s what we’ll do the next time they do a speaking assessment. Tomorrow they’re going to get to write this one up, and I’ll do a write-up using as many of their suggestions as possible.