I have fallen on an inability to get reps in through story for some reason, so today I took the vocabulary that we’ve been kind of prepping with to be able to read the first chapter of a book and told the kids that we were going to try for 30 reps of each word in under five minutes. I have these structures embedded in sentences on a power point, and we advanced the power point each time that we made thirty reps on a word. One of my kids counted each time that someone (I or a student) said the word.
When do you wake up? Wow…you wake up at five o’clock? Class, Ally wakes up at 5:00. Do you wake up at 5:00 in the morning, or do you wake up at 5:00 in the evening? Oh, class, Ally wakes up at 5:00 in the morning. She doesn’t wake up at 5:00 in the evening. Why do you wake up so early? Ally wakes up early because she likes to work out.
That’s nine, already, and we’ve only talked about one kid. There are a few more reps in there because the kid is starting to use the word herself in her answers. Then on to the next. That helped so much! We spent only about 14 minutes getting 30 reps on each of four words. It was a bit exhausting, because I was really pushing it, but it reminded us all how much focus we need to really acquire language, even though it seems easy to them to learn this way.
All these words are the ones that I’ve been going over on a very basic level lately, but it was clear to me that I hadn’t really repeated them enough. For our next class period, I will start by having them do a fast write to find out whether they’ve really sunk in, but what this taught me is that I have not been focused enough lately either. Still, it helps when we’re all on the same page. Otherwise, kids can sometimes think the 75 reps as a starting point is boring.