CWB is a Sport

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  1. Thank you for this. It is great advice for me and also for my colleague who is desiring to go full-force with CI this year. I’m so happy that I made that impression on her. I’ve made my copies on card stock already and I’ve given her the books I’ve bought from you which mention CWB so she can prepare.

  2. This year, I want to start doing CWB the “right” way – with the balls. In the past, I just used the info on the cards to have the discussion with and about the kids. The reason I was hesitant to use the balls was that I didn’t know what to do with the kids who don’t draw a picture of a hobby/passion that doesn’t involve a ball, e.g. parasailing, swimming,… What do you all do in this case? I can see that one of the incentives to pay attention for the kid being talked about is to get the ball in the end. Also, to help establish meaning with the prop. Do you use pictures for any more obscure items? I’m at a loss here.

    1. Leigh Anne Munoz

      I’m not an expert on CWB, but as long as the kid gets talked about, with input from the class, he/she [the kid who likes to read or play video games] seems pretty happy and feels like part of the class.

  3. Karen Oberlander

    I’m starting CWB today. 2 questions. What are some activities you do to round out CWB – i.e a quiz written by a kid? A few sentences about their classmates? Get up and find out about someone else?

    Also I have the kids in chairs and I don’t have card stock. Will paper on their note books suffice? I go around the room and read their survey? Pick it up?

    1. I like to give a “quick quiz” at the end of most classes, basically an exit ticket of 5-10 yes/no/easy questions about what we did that day in class. I say the questions in L2 and they listen and write yes/no on their papers in L2. Super simple and very easy to grade. That sounds like what you mean when you say “a quiz written by a kid.” It’s best if a kid writes the quiz during class.

      Do pick up the surveys so you can study them a bit before the next class.

  4. CWB really is an amazing way to start the year. Today is Day 2 for me and these cards are really getting the kids engaged in an all target language environment. I’m still a beginner with CWB. Last year was my first crack at it. I must also say that the war room this summer showed me that its ok to hang out on a word like “juega” for an extended period of time (10-15 min). In the past I thought I was boring them by not keeping things moving, but I have come to find that the learner really does enjoy the simplicity. In one class today, I spent almost 20 minutes on just three cards. Awesome! I’m eager to see how many miles I can get out of them. Thanks for the tips!

  5. This article was just what I needed. Even though I’ve taught 20 years, I feel like a beginner. I have never done CWB before this year and sometimes feel afraid. For me it is easier to have some kind of plan. I go over the cards the day before and choose 2 activities and brainstorm ideas. I always try to have at least one or two funny suggestions for when I feel that they are getting tired. Once we laugh the energy picks back up. I also am having someone be a timer by 10 minutes and this is helping.

    I am having trouble with going out of bounds so I have not used all of the question words yet. I am going to add in the question Which days of the week do you do this activity? We have used the days a lot so I think this will be in bounds. My question is how many new words are too many with Spanish 1 students?

  6. Good reminder Ben…it still feels tough. I don’t use the physical balls this year either. I tried last year, but it felt uncomfortable to me, and then I had to worry about them throwing the ball inappropriately, etc. Maybe when I feel like an expert I’ll add in the balls again.

    Melissa- I struggle with that question too. I think days of the week are ok because in German many sound similiar enough and they’ve maybe drilled those in exploratory German. If the question is too hard, I just forget that question and ask something else.

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