I like how Robert takes ownership here for not being the one to make it all lively and funny. He delivered the L2, and that was all he had to do. It isn’t always funny. Here is what he said:
This was a story from my not-so-enthusiastic level 2 class today. The whole time my inner entertainer was screaming to make it lively and “interesting”, but I resisted, and we just took our time getting repetitions. It didn’t “go” anywhere, but the class enjoyed it.
opened the curtain
shut the window
dresser/chest of drawers
Uwe has a pillow that is 2.14 meters by 2.14 meters by 2.14 meters in his bedroom, which is 2.5 meters square. The pillow is filled with water. On Monday morning Uwe got up and went to the window. He opened the curtain, and a baby bald eagle flew into the room. Uwe quickly shut the window. The baby bald eagle flew into the mirror on top of the dresser and fell onto the mattress. The baby bald eagle’s talons ripped the pillow. Now Uwe swims in his bedroom. The baby bald eagle drowned. [Don’t ask me why, but the entire class insisted that the eagle drowned.]
I have a meter chart on the wall of my classroom. It’s 2.5 meters tall and subdivided into decimeters and centimeters, so students could see exactly how much room there was. Along the way we also found out lots of other things about Uwe, his pillow and the mirror on his dresser. The gesture for “opened the curtain” that the class came up with was starting with the hands in front of the face, then moving them a little wider than shoulder width apart, looking shocked and gasping – so that fit in really well with opening the curtain and coming face to face with a baby bald eagle.
I know it’s no match for Anne’s stories, but it reminded me that we don’t have to go for over-the-top exaggeration, just let the students carry the story along. In my other level two class, Max opened the curtain to come face to face with a giant pterodactyl, which he then flew to … (I don’t know, we ran out of time).
Unfortunately in level 3 I had to rein the story in and remind them that it must remain school appropriate. They wanted to take it places it had no business going. Instead we finally wound up with a story from two perspectives. (writes in his journal was one of the phrases) Batman writes in his journal, “Today I stopped a criminal and beat him up.” Robin writes, “Today Batman stopped two criminals, and they beat him up.” It went on from there. (The “criminals” were two of my students who were really undercover agents.)