Today to get the day rolling I asked people what St. Patrick’s day traditions were, and for me this involved playing up the tradition of people not wearing green getting pinched. As it turns out, however, this is not a local tradition; all of the people who grew up here had never heard of this, while other imports (like myself) had. So, armed with new insight on how the world works, we had fun debating what qualified as green, who got to kiss who because they were Irish, deciding who would drink green milk, who would get in a fight, etc.
In other words, just a normal TPRS day by most accounts. Then in the staff lounge at lunch one of the teachers (a local) asked “WHO taught the freshman and sophomores to pinch people? They’ve been doing it all day!” I sheepishly turned myself in, but was happy that I made a difference today.
For the rest of the day I threw up the terms “Leprechaun” on the board together with one term that came up during our discussion (slobber, cabbage, etc.) and two more terms from this quarter’s vocab list. I put them in groups, gave them 5 minutes and told them to write up a story using all the terms. Then when the time was up, each group had to pass their story one group to the left and then either act it out or draw it up. For those groups who drew them out, however, the non-drawing members of the group had to provide sound effects for the story. (I love my document camera; I could just take the drawings, shove them under the camera and off we went).
We didn’t fully finish, so there’s my class plan for tomorrow already done as well. My upper levels are doing the awesome tournament, so all I have to do tomorrow is show up and hang on for the ride. I love that feeling.