This week has been as wild as I can remember and it’s only been two days! Today we had a huge storm roll through the area that made us evacuate to the severe storm shelters during the morning and knocked the power out briefly. A follow-up storm later today knocked out the power for an entire class period, so we were more than a little distracted. At least I wasn’t at the middle school most of the day: all of the toilets there are electronic so when the power went out, nothing could flush all morning. Bring it on!
One of my German I classes is rolling along great. The first day I did basic Circling with Balls off of the pictures they drew and things went decently, if not great. People were just looking at each other, some people were getting bored, basically just there. So the follow up today was the Embedded Reading MJ suggested and that was an absolute hit. I started off with
This is John
This is Fred
This is Fernando
Herr Black grills
After that, I built it up step by step to describing how I had grilled different food for each person (This is John. Herr Black grills him a very big steak. He says “Mmm. Yummy. Thanks Herr Black.”). Fred, however got Sauerkraut on his hot dog, so he got angry and hit me with the hot dog, whereupon the sauerkraut flew onto Fernandos Burger with bacon and cheese, so he himself got angry and stuck the sauerkraut in my ear.
They weren’t expecting that.
And they really weren’t expecting when I stood up John and Fernando, coached an angry face out of them, and role played the fight scenes using an eraser and dry-erase marker. In the end we read over two pages of solid text today, created some burn for acting and really had fun.
The other German I class was my distance learning class, but that is just a madhouse until I figure out the technology. Basically I can’t see the faces of my distance learning students and when I zoom in close enough to see facial expressions, the students wig out because I’m putting them on the spot. This is going to be tricky. It’s still fun, because it feels like everybody is a studio audience in a live TV show, and I guess that’s what we are. I’m stressing out because I can’t roll out my teaching playbook as much yet due to technical difficulties, but my students are enjoying it, and it will work. Bring it on!
It will sort out next week better because I’m firing myself as both the teacher and head camera technician. I’m going to put in some presets, stick a student up at the teachers desk, and then have them change camera angles every so often for me as I bark out the different camera angles.
Bring it on!