Report from the Field – Sophie

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    1. And Diane I got another email from another kid in Sophie’s class. She is from South Africa. There was a tinge of sadness that all they are doing this year as 7th graders there in New Delhi is worksheets and Quizlet.

      Here is that letter:

      Hey Mr. Slavic,

      The year has started again and I’m in grade 7 now. The classes B1 and B8 French, have been mixed together and there isn’t any fun competition anymore. The new French teacher is nice but all we do is worksheets and Quizlet. I wish we could do a story again. The whole class misses you as a teacher. Susan said that our characters were really childish last year and that she wanted to work with real life characters. Like Justin Bieber. I really liked last years characters though. Maybe we’re going to do a story on Vamspooder if we ask the new teacher nicely. I know you’re busy, but maybe you could come visit Delhi sometime. Then we could do a really fun story together! Since you told us that we were your favorite classes. I really miss having you as a teacher and so does the whole class.

      I hope you are well,

      The proud South-African

      Jennifer

      P.S. You aren’t just a teacher to me Mr. Slavic, you’re a friend.

  1. The thing is Diane that when I walked into class on the first day the scowl on Sophie’s face was wall to wall. It took two months to get her to believe that I didn’t want to make her learn, memorize, give her tests, learn what I wanted her to learn, read stuff she didn’t want to read, and that the order of the day was just to play in the language sandbox that the kids and I built next to her until she ever so slowly just like the passage about apprivoisement in Le Petit Prince climbed in and started giving us some unforgettable characters, all horses, to the invisibles stories. And boy was that British School teacher wrong. Sophie is just off the chart brilliant.

    1. Le voilà Dave.

      Kathrin, cute characters you added!

      My class is not yet there – doing artwork – because today is only Day Three with me, since I just started with them last Friday. We are actually just kinda talking about the calendar a lot…small talk. Yesterday we mainly discussed would we prefer it to be August 6 or September 6…you might imagine what the winner was. 🙂 Me too, guys, on August 6 I was still on vacation in France. Le sigh.

      See you Sunday at the hangout! So excited to “see” you again. And we will be talking about student jobs! I want to hear all about the class artists from the first and greatest OWI artist!

      https://docs.google.com/document/d/1POZkt_5r0lHK_BlZhjD8IiIpsWzvNexZ6QGMkfCzu9A/edit?usp=sharing

        1. Can’t wait for this hangout! My 5th and 6th graders are eating. this. up! My 8th graders, who are mostly Asien and who I think come from a very strict and “teaching at them” school system are having to be taught creativity. We’re getting there. Today they created a pink stupid christmas tree, it’s a start!

  2. Dave I think Tina made a Google Doc for characters or something where we can have a kind of art gallery for kids’ characters from all over the world. I’ll speak with her and maybe we can do something. The ones Tina and I saw in your classroom were lacking only in color and size of the paper they drew on. And they did those on a sub day while you were at the workshop! Imagine what they could do with a possible lead role in a future story on the line! And maybe we can connect those apprentices of yours (great word!) with mine in India and I’m sure Tina will throw in some Oregon characters (Tina’s smile is never bigger than when she is holding a stack of her kids’ characters in her hand) and we could maybe even complete the dream by getting Kathrin’s kids’ images from Germany. That would be a museum worth visiting, a virtual museum of Invisibles in the Sky. Can you image a virtual museum scene where one class from Germany is looking at invisible characters from India, Oregon and California? I think that might qualify as compelling instruction! Or we could read a novel about someone we never met, some white kid.

    1. Can you image a virtual museum scene where one class from Germany is looking at invisible characters from India, Oregon and California? I think that might qualify as compelling instruction! Or we could read a novel about someone we never met, some white kid.

      Ben, your idea is awesome. Kids would totally dig it! It could be the next mindcraft but for the CI world. I also like your sincerity about characters in novels.

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