It’s been a crazy week getting back from the holiday. We have had visitors, extra lunch time rehearsals for an assembly, and a long fire drill in the cold when a pipe burst in a construction area today.
For anyone who needs a (very) long story to ask/tell with your kids, I would recommend the one embedded in last week’s NPR’s Car Talk re-run about Max and the Schnauzer.
Spoiler Alert: if you want to hear it for yourself, find a way to download it and listen, then you can come back here. Reading what I’ve written will destroy it for you.
A car dealer calls in to tell a story about how a recent buyer knocks his salesman off his bike when the salesman leaves for lunch but doesn’t look before riding off. The dealer calms the driver and offers to fix her mangled bumper for free (he knows, but she doesn’t, that it’s the salesman’s fault). She goes off to shop during the repair, and comes back after the garage is locked up for the day. In a panic, she shrieks that her dog is in the car. The dealer goes to get the car and finds a dead dog. He tells the woman that the car is blocked in and he’ll need to get surrounding cars moved. Meanwhile, he calls a friend who sells Schnauzers and goes off to get a replacement dog. He puts the new dog into the cage and brings out the car for the owner. When she gets in the car, she starts shrieking again. “That’s not my dog!”
The dealer asks what the problem is. “My dog was dead!”
She was taking the dog to a taxidermist when she hit the biker.
We’re telling this at great length, even in my most advanced class. I had thought I was going to be absent for several days, so I got the story ready with many activities to follow after the asking piece. The class story does not include the denouement. I was going to leave the sub with the recording cued up, even though it’s not in Russian…now I am not going anywhere, and I am having fun! I plan to play the recording in the first minutes before class begins on a day when we have all classes and swear the first two classes to secrecy. I highly recommend listening to the podcast, even if you don’t use it in class.
Then we’ll start our usual Russian New Year events. (Happy Russian New Year coming up, everyone!)
Now for the shameless request: if this site or I have been a help to you at some point, could you say so in the comments? I got the Alaska ToY award and now have much of a 50-page portfolio to fill for regional Teacher of the Year. Part of what I must demonstrate is professional outreach and collegial support.