Report from the Field – Tina Hargaden

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  1. Update on why I say I got “back into teaching” – On March 15, at night, I developed a cold. I was out sick with a pretty bad cold for two days. Then that Friday my dad called to tell me my Grandma was in hospice and going downnhill fast. She had three kinds of cancer. She died on Sunday, March 19. I took the next week off for bereavement leave. Then it was Spring Break. Over break, I got food poisoning and so when I went back to school April 3, I was pretty tired and weak. So, finally yesterday, April 4, I was able to teach again! I do not know about YOUR kids, but MINE are pretty much acting like untamed beasts at this point, after two weeks of subs and Spring Break. When coming back from a spring break AND a bereavement absence, the kids are worse than kids on the first day of school…because they already know I love them, so they are just comfortable and they fall into the habit of chatting when the subs are there for seven days in a row. Whew. SL and the Invisibles are SAVING MY LIFE.

    My advice for a day like Monday when you are coming back from an absence and still not well yet, or for any day when you are low?

    1. Greet the kids. Talk to them in the language for about 6-10 min. while they are still fresh. I like to talk about th calendar and weather. Make sure that they listen and follow the rules perfectly. You can do anything for 6-10 min!
    2. Silent reading for “ten” min. but stretch it as long as you can. We can easily go to 15-16 min. in most classes.
    3. Shoot the breeze. Either literally shoot the breeze (I told them the stuff that transpired while I was sick/absent) in English OR have the kids talk about their books in English. You can rotate around the room and do Share or Pass.
    4. Give more input for the rest of the class (should be like 10 min or so). Tell them a super short nonfiction piece. Maybe something about Today’s Date in Switzerland or Today in Guatemala.

    Francophone Calendar: http://www.kameleo.com/french/EDF-Cal-Frame.html
    Latinoamerica: http://www.wincalendar.com/es/calendario-de-hoy
    https://es.oxforddictionaries.com/grammar/spanish-calendar

    Famous People’s Birthdays arranged by dates and nationality:
    http://www.bornglorious.com/birthday/?ct=/m/06mkj&pd=05

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