Verb Slam Activity (VSA) – 4

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    1. Gestures are the one thing that I feel really comfortable with. I gesture in real life so adapting it to ASL gestures has been easy. 1 thing down, many still to get.

      I love the idea of using verbs in this way. I did this some but hitting it hard the first part of the year just adds a way to further comprehension.

      I have a question, which may come in a later article, do you choose a couple each day and recycle the old ones each day as well?

      1. …do you choose a couple each day and recycle the old ones each day as well?….

        Of course, like everything else we do here, it depends on the teacher. My own answer is no, because I tend to get into working the old verbs too much and forgetting the word I wanted to teach and spending the entire period messing around like that in a kind of too-freewheeling PQA thing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

        And for me two verbs a day is too much. I want to really get the machine gun (the slow version) going on the one verb. But I don’t know. It’s gonna take some reports from the field in the fall to properly answer your question, Melissa.

  1. Yes. Two Latinists in California, David Maust and John Piazza, return to this idea of the importance of gestures every now and again here on the blog, but we largely forget to do them. I never could figure it out. Any teacher who goes slowly enough, stays in bounds, keeps the kids focused on the meaning, and then on top of that gestures routinely, is a master.

    1. Focus on meaning – that there is like the corollary to acquisition being unconscious. Doing so requires us to override teacher impulses/needs to focus on form and to try to “teach” something.

  2. I tried to use the gesture for “takes” for another verb and almost had a mutiny. A howl went up from French 1: No, madame, that means “takes”. Gestures are powerful

  3. A quick question as to the CWB, as I went whole hog this year with TCI stuff…do you do that in all levels or just level 1? Hypothetically, wouldn’t that bore students in level 2 if we did it last year? I know that I occasionally get a student who came from another school in level 2, but the vast majority are my own students. Granted, next year is going to be a funky year for me as I’ll be going on leave starting in October, but I was just wondering how to start since I’ve never really gone whole hog before. đŸ™‚

    Merci. đŸ™‚

    1. Suzanne, some teachers used a sort of picture students drew about the summer (or what they wished to say happened in the summer) and then it was used in a similar way to Circling with Balls, but it was something different nonetheless. I think looking for a category called “After vacations” or something like that would get it… sorry I don’t know the link.

  4. Suzanne, CWB is a first year thing, or a thing you would do with a traditional class that didn’t hear a lot of the language in their first or second years. It’s a way of training a class to behave while getting to know them, and obviously wouldn’t be used in a second year TPRS/CI class, since those things will have been done in the first year, as training kids in discipline and getting to know them are far more important in the first year than trying to teach them the language.

    What Diane said about maybe having them draw something they did (this would be with a second or third year TPRS/CI class) and then talking about it is what some people do. There is an article on it but, like Diane, I don’t know where it is. This link to the category on what to do after a vacation might give some ideas:

    https://benslavic.com/blog/category/after-a-vacation-how-to-start-back/

    Among the articles in that category, I think using Robert’s idea of Sentence Frames (rSF) might be an excellent choice:

    https://benslavic.com/blog/sentence-frames-4-add-a-lie/

    1. That (the vacation theme) is a great idea, Diane. My juniors will not have had CI, so CWB should be just right for them. And I do not know how many seniors will have had CI. So it may be a good possibility to do the vacation theme.

      I used Robert’s idea of Sentence Frames (rSF) after returning from Christmas break and that became the lesson plan for the week and a half until MidYear exams. And that became an important part of the MidYear exam. See EXAMS Category for more information.

      Definitely two good plans in addition to CWB.

  5. Thanks Ben! I appreciate it. I’m still figuring out my plan of attack as I’ll be in school for about a month before I go on my maternity leave. It’s my hope to be out the remainder of the year, and I’ll be hopefully leaving my class in the hands of a former student of mine. I’ve turned her on to your website, hopefully she will be joining shortly. đŸ™‚

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