Today I played Deb Abshier’s game (thanks, Martina) and enjoyed my kids a lot more. I hope they had a good time.
I’ve been reading Daniel Coyle and considering his theories about learning in high-focus chunks again. There are some kids who are clearly playing the TPRS game during class and working on their Russian outside class in a way that benefits them, but not everyone really wants to be here every day. I wish I could get the kids who don’t want to be here to view this as their chance to find out what they could really learn if they followed class procedures and joined the rest with an open heart. They’re learning. They’re acquiring language. It’s just way slower than it might be. It’s like they have a learning disability. Their attitude of education-rejection interferes with their ability to process. I keep trying to get them on board. Maybe by pulling them along, we’ll get them up for a moment and they’ll realize that it’s easier to sail with us.