My Little Campus classes improved 100% today! And it’s because I enforced the rules! やった! I wrote their names on the board (on Monday I’ll have typed and laminated a list that’s big enough for them to see, but small enough so there’s space on the board. Three X marks on the board meant go to the corner. One of the twins–Ryan, had gotten up a lot. So I X’d him when he was up, and marked another kid for speaking during listening time. They really understood how it worked.
At one point one of the boys, Eric (he’s a real trouble maker/get’s really whiny/upset and prideful about saying sorry–especially to me), hadn’t been sitting nicely. Andrew said, “Teacher, Eric X.” Then Olivia said, “Teacher Eric X.” And the six of them (excluding Eric) started laughing.
Eric is one of the those students that wants attention, all the time (but most kids are like that). With my new check system, students have become angels!
Once everyone received a panda sticker and left the classroom, I sat down with Eric and talked to him about him not listening. First I started off with how teacher wasn’t happy (yes I talk about myself in third person with them) but then how he was really great when he was doing his book work. I tried to give him a sticker for listening so well but he said “No.” It was cute because he realized he had been wrong and accepted that having a sticker was his consequence. Kids, what amazing little people!
1st Grade, Pop Song And All
At the beginning of class I crumpled a piece of paper in my hands. I asked them if it was beautiful or ugly and one of my students said it was trash in Korean. I agreed but for the purpose of the conversation, it was a ball for a catch activity. So after the introduction, we started the How Are You Throw and Catch. It was spectacular! Students were speaking English and laughing. That’s the way class should always be!
When I told them they had to dance–all of them deflated, but when one of them suggested a game I decided to give in. I realized they were a bit tired of the pop song craziness and wanted a break. After all it was Friday. So we danced and I taught them some new moves. Surprisingly after yesterday’s motionless dance, they all seemed to be in the dancing spirit! I had a smile on my face and danced energetically through the song. I think it showed them that pop songs practice don’t have to be so bad.
After dancing, some of us played alphabet catch and the others played scrap paper soccer.
Best class ever!
Ending The Day Cutting Paper
I made some of animal sticks. After working on them for an hour or so, I realized all I really needed to do was copy the vocabulary cards and use them to make puppets. I got the idea that it’d be a wonderful thing to see my KDLP students act out one of their favorite stories by holding animal puppets. It’d show they truly understand the story, the plot and the role the characters play. Teaching them for five months, I know their comprehension is excellent, but a puppet show is fun and gets them excited about the next theme!