LISTENING/SPEAKING CLASS CLIMATE
I’m really glad I had time in a listening and speaking class, the teacher made it VERY relaxed for the student, I though. I wonder how? Part of it must be her personality, a biiiig part of it, part of it must be their comfort with each other (basically 2.5 cultures in the room so there were critical masses of similarly situated peers), and I’m guessing she did thing at get them active with each other. If I had more time, I would have had them reflect on that … Which reminds me, I wonder when the school will share with me the results of the surveys the completed on my teaching. I also wonder what other aspects of the situation allowed for what seemed like such a comfortable vibe.
WRITING INSTRUCTION: FROM ONE-ON-ONE TO GROUPS
I’m looking forward to the writing session though as well. I feel that I have a uniquely prodding but enriching and engaging style one-on-one with helping students edit their writing word-by-word (grammar, word choice, transitions) and have seemed to notice their gains over time. So my challenge is to figure out how to balance that intense granular focus with a more big-picture (rhetorics, logic, enumeration/illustration, organization, voice/flow). I know that things can often/quickly become a spelling/grammar/word-choice whack-a-mole game. So it will also be important to translate some of the skills I have worked on in the last 4-5 years one-on-on with groups.
I think I’m ready … Or at least I will be, after this coming week of catch up on video-viewing, lesson plan postmortems, reading up o. Writing, collecting some theory notes, hitting the library for some research on rubrics, and a little work on my FLT final project (I’m considering revamping that, but I do need to respect time, I’ll just summarize what I have Monday or Tuesday and go from there). A long list, I know but I have 8 weeks and its pretty engaging and I just need to break it down and meet deadlines. So. later today I will peruse the ESL book and look at my FLT project pieces.
Wish me luck!