First Class – 10 – Again On the Order of Teaching Verbs

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  1. Some of the best moments in class for me are the spontaneous ones and so I couldn’t agree more with your statement about just picking a verb and running with it. One day I remember a kid passing out gum and originally I was annoyed that he was holding up class but then I thought, “Why not have fun with this and do so teaching Spanish?!” So I took the gum and started asking kids in the TL, “Do you want a piece of gum?, Can you blow a bubble? Can you blow a big bubble or a small bubble? Look class, Billy can blow a bubble, but Sarah can’t. She can’t blow a big bubble or a small bubble. Poor Sarah., etc., etc. I, of course, wrote any new words on the board but since it was around 4th quarter, I really only wrote about 4 words on the board and we were off and running and I got lots of reps on the words, “piece, gum, blow and bubble”. High frequency words…NO, but sometimes we have to allow for this in our classes to make them feel natural.
    I also hit on numerous other words we’d studied throughout the year, but it was done in a natural way that was appealing to the kids and did not feel forced. If only every day could happen this way and someday it might, but for now I will enjoy it when it happens and try not to stress so much about planning and live more in the moment. Language is chaotic and spontaneous and I feel like our classrooms need to have more of these elements as long as we are still managing the behavior.
    Thanks again for another great post!

  2. …language is chaotic and spontaneous….
    It is precisely this fact – I view it as an oft-ignored fact – that makes our jobs with CI so challenging. We have to tame it or the students won’t understand it. So we do so with the 3 structures and the 3 steps and SLOW and repeated questions in context, etc.
    But how then to keep the spontaneity if not the chaos? We have to make ourselves go slowly enough, with enough reps, to be understood, while at the same time making it interesting. This is the challenge of the art of teaching using CI. And each of us must answer that challenge differently, because we are all different people.

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