This week went pretty well!
Interesting tidbits from this week:
- I discovered that having groups of six or seven students seems to be perfect for conversation time.
- My two youngest students, a woman and a man, speak the same native language and are good friends. The woman struggles more with spoken communication than the man does, so she usually gets him to translate for her, particularly when she wants to talk to me. On Tuesday, I thanked them very much for helping me understand, and thanked him for translating so much… and I told them that this was the last week I would listen to his translations. Starting next week, she’ll have to talk to me herself. It won’t be easy, but having him speak for her is not a viable long-term plan.
- I started giving them weekly quizzes, and here at the end of Week 2, they still seem to love them.
- They complete said quizzes at wildly different rates, and I need to have something for the quick test-takers to study while the slower test-takers finish. Vocab-of-the-week word searches anyone?
- They really like working on spelling, and we should work on it more often.
- It’s OK to repeat an accuracy-focused chain drill two days in a row. Actually, sometimes it’s more than OK, but the absolute right thing to do.
- My numbers had dipped to the high teens over the last couple of weeks, but today there were 20 students.
- My true story of broken umbrellas on such a grey, rainy day was well-received, and umbrella shopping made a great example dialog topic. Yay context!
- The class complimented my outfit today. I liked it too. 🙂
I think that’s it for now!