Our wonderful tech guy came in to set up my (2006) SmartBoard during class. I’m pretty excited about this thing, which will let me at the very least keep my notes. While he was here, we couldn’t do whatever it was I was intending to do that was computer-assisted.
So we did what we often do when I have a visitor: we told a story about him. Of course, the visitors have to come out on the good side of things, so when someone suggested that he lives on the street, another student quickly amended it to being Sesame Street. Then they made me his neighbor. He had a very nice big house with a pool. I had a hut (new word from our song) with a little pool out in the yard. The kids worked in our mascot and some phrases from the song (he invited me to dinner, but I refused).
The kids were looking pretty tired after too many days off, but when the story started they all came alive. I love the way that storytelling rejuvenates them!
I have still been using my partners a lot. For one thing, after the group translates, I get them to work in pairs to translate again. That gives me a break, and lets them show what they’ve got. In one case today I found out that understanding wasn’t happening. Another partner task today was to find five structures from the song that they know now but didn’t before. I called on six or seven pairs to shout out their words to quiz the class with their choices, and it was illuminating to hear which words the different kids chose as well as how many kids recognized somewhat obscure (in my mind) phrases.