Just finished a German I class where I asked somebody to keep track of how often I used each target phrase. The day before I had 71 reps of the first two phrases (looks for, finds), but I was seriously slacking on the third (gives) with only 13. We were talking about what costumes people will look for when Halloween comes, and got a great variety, but never got around to giving out the candy (or whatever else they people might give out when going door to door; hmm–maybe it’s better we didn’t go there).
The thing that I like about keeping track with the numbers is that this creates logic that works for the students. I went into today letting them know up front that I needed to rock the “gives” a lot more because we didn’t get to it much the day before, so we jumped right into what people would give a good looking girl/boy. That particular scenario is a power-PQA setup, as Laurie would describe it, and there was crazy involvement all day. One guy gives out chocolate and flowers, somebody else tickets on a cruise ship (we decided he was working a bit fast there), somebody else handed out bathtubs (we had to seriously mock that guy). And the reps for “gives”? 103! I checked in about every 20 minutes to see where we were at, and after awhile they started helping me amp up the reps.
Thanks for the idea MJ! That counter person makes it us against the number. Game on.