I am headed out of town for a Russian conference, so won’t be posting for a few days unless there’s something relevant.
I’ve had visitors the last few days. It’s great to have another adult in the room, especially when that person either knows Russian or is finding it interesting to be learning. The kids like it too; it validates what we are doing if folks want to come and watch.
Today my fun mostly-guy class wanted to do a story, and I came through for them. We did an Anne Matava story about a person who is on a train and can’t stop looking at someone because that person has a face of (Baba Yaga, in our case). This group of guys is so hyperactively focused that lessons go by way too fast for me. They kept interrupting the flow of the story to add little details about the main character. They thought I was getting mad at them for having side discussions in Russian to try to figure out what extra information they could include. Their chatter reminded me of how Blaine would always back up for more details, but in this case, it was the kids who were wanting to add more information. (A seventy-seven-year-old cowboy professor, named Woody, who teaches at the Yale University for cowboys was the main character.) I could teach those kids all day. I think they would stay in my room all day too.