Today I may start attending a local language class on Thematic Units. I’m not sure I really want to…time is not something I have a lot of just now…but I need “food” for teaching. Every spring I run up against teaching the whole of Russian culture in just a couple of months, and I need a better way to do it.
The main reason to take the class is that I hear the teacher walks on water.
But it’s my birthday!
She might well be the perfect gift…
Yesterday I had a great time with my adults. I used exactly my current advanced lessons from school, and was reminded for the umpteenth time how easy it is to teach folks who really want to be present and who have no grade hanging over their heads. Kids are sleep-deprived and already stuck in February.
So when I had the adults acting, then pre-reading, then reading a story, and finally watching the five minutes of a movie based on the story, they made class so alive that I came to my high school lessons with new enthusiasm this morning. One of yesterday’s kids helped me even more by commenting how much easier it is to read the story we’re working through when we act it out in advance. Usually we actually pre-ask a parallel story, then act the real thing, then compare, then read, then compare again, and so on. This time I was trying to make it take less time, but I guess it really doesn’t matter! It’s okay to take time. We can do things deep and narrow, as long as they’re acquiring language.