Thoughts from Tuesday

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  1. This is such a great post! We were reading our story today and when I would try to do a pop up grammar point I immediately saw the kids go off into another land. Can I blame them? No! Meaning I will try to adhere to your 1.5 second rule. I also wholeheartedly agree with the value in showing your kids you are enjoying your job and want to learn about them. I think so few teachers do this as they’re obsessed with “getting through the material” that they lose sight of the most important part of our job…to connect with the kids so they’ll want to learn.

    It’s amazing how I’ve seen a complete turn around in some of my students since doing TPRS, as it’s so much more relaxed and enjoyable and it feels like we’re learning together. And I love the comment about the kids being electronic hormone cases because you are so right. Let’s not forget that at that age few of us wanted to truly learn, as our bodies were going crazy and we were just trying to get through our day in a place that looks more like a prison than a school!

  2. I am learning to teach even the German case system with pop-ups. My second-year class is just starting “The Trip of His Life”. Today we wrote the title as the heading for a set of class notes that they will be taking as we read. I stayed primarily in German and asked students how to say “trip” (Die Reise), “life” (Leben) and “his” (sein). I wrote “Die Reise sein Leben” and translated it for them: “The Trip His Life”. Then I asked how we could express “of his life” in German. Since they already had the book, they told me “seines Lebens”. I added “-es” and “-s” to what I had written and told my students, “See? By adding “-es” here and “-s” there, I changed it from “his life” to “of his life”. End of explanation. Then we talked about who has had a flight that didn’t go well, and I got a great story – in German – about a friend who was so intent on his video game that he walked through the wrong door at an airport and had to spend three hours with security, so they missed their flight.

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