Rebekah Gambrell

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7 thoughts on “Rebekah Gambrell”

  1. This is almost certainly a parent who has swayed the thinking of those two students. Anytime a student who is 12 years old asks a teacher how an activity is helping them learn Spanish or asks for worksheets, there’s a parent in there somewhere.

  2. Ask the kids if they know anyone, besides you, who speaks the language fluently. If they say no, it looks like you’re the expert on how to learn a
    language. The old familiar methods are shamefully inefficient. If they weren’t, all those people with BA degrees because they suffered through two years of language in school would be linguists. If they do know someone who speaks another language fluently, ask how they learned. I doubt it was in school.

  3. Hi Rebekah. No big insights for you about 7th graders, but some sympathy. Developmentally, I think that’s a tough age. They’re waking up (emotionally, physically, etc.) but they’re kind of a mess as a result. I have a similarly challenging set of kids in the 7th grade class and a wide range of interest level and focus level. It is always challenging, but this year’s group more than any other.

    Keep doing what you know is right is my advice to myself, and certainly don’t take their opinions to heart. Hear them but don’t be hurt by them.

  4. The good news is that 7th graders round out real nice in 8th grade, which is in my experience the best year of all for goofy CI. In middle school it’s all whacky animals and in high school it’s all whacky love scenes. 8th grade rocks and without having taught 8th graders while learning in those first 8 years I may not have stayed with it. High schoolers are less kind than 8th graders.

  5. This advice by Diane is worth its weight in gold: “Keep doing what you know is right is my advice to myself, and certainly don’t take their opinions to heart. Hear them but don’t be hurt by them.”

    One thought is that 7th graders like to have something that is unique to them…something that no other grade level does. It doesn’t have to be big, just unique. Ideas:
    * Have a “regroup” at the beginning or end of each class. They get to put their heads down and close their eyes, the lights are off, and you play one song that is slow, quiet, relaxing. Pick something off of Ben’s classical list or something in the TL that doesn’t rev them up.
    * Create a 7th grade “newsletter”. For homework they can each give you a 5 sentence summary of something that they like, watched ,will do. You can type it up in language that they understand in TL and use it as a reading. It can even be one sentence. This could also be a bulletin board. They each get one sentence on a sentence strip and have to create a visual for homework.

    Their bodies are out of control. They complain a lot because everything in their world is uncomfortable. They know they want something, but don’t know what it is. They are on the verge of something and it is actually physically disturbing. It’s actually harder to be a 7th grader than it is to be a teacher dealing with them. It’s just that they outnumber us. :o)

    Hang in there!!

    with love,
    Laurie

    1. Rebekah Gambrell

      thanks I will see what I can do. The problem is that I only have them once a week for 41 minutes. It makes it very difficult. I don’t much like the set up but the school has set it up that way and that is what I have to do.

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