Circling with Balls Q and A – 3

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4 thoughts on “Circling with Balls Q and A – 3”

  1. Risk taking…

    I have never thought of myself as a risk taker, but I have consistently searched for a better me, the teacher. I cannot truly do it in front of a large group or my colleagues (right now), but I have rarely felt at risk in front of my kids. For some reason, and I have no idea how it has been created, I have felt safe in front of my students. I can act silly, sing horribly (even though I actually can sing), dance like a granny, or over exaggerate situations.

    I think more than anything, you play up your strengths. I am not sure I can circle with balls. but I feel confident that I could do a basic PQA. I am hoping to start this way and use the information for stories later. I attended Bryce Hedstrom’s workshop “La Persona Especial” (Special Person) and it made me think. I had already done something like PQA for the past 10 years.

    Small steps. What is it that Ben wrote in his book TPRS in a Year? Brick by brick.

  2. It’s raining here in Denver this morning (rare) and yet in reading the spirit, the intent in the above comment, it brightens my day so much. That there is the way to go about approaching this work. We can do it and we will do it. We have 180 x 5 = 900 chances to practice this year. Or we could just teach grammar. Thank you for writing that. It is the essence of what this group is about – risk taking.

  3. I happened on a new way to do CWB. I think it was Cynthia Hitz’s blog that suggested writing to kids before the semester started, asking for pictures.

    Now that we have access to emails before the year starts, I did just that, asking both students and parents for pictures. I put every picture I get into a big group PPT, and we scroll through the PPT, asking whether this kid or that one is in class, what their names are if someone knows them, and what they like (based on the pictures). Then when we do get to a picture of a kid from class, we zero in and ask a bunch of questions. I’m really liking this. I might be able to do quizzes with the PPT more easily than I do without.

    Weirdly, my beginners are trying to speak in sentences, since they’re so inspired by the pictures. One said that she doesn’t like to kill zombies, but she likes to kill moose. (We have a picture of one kid seemingly killing a zombie.)

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