My what a photocopy can do. Entering the teaching world rather blindly, Mads and I have pretty much patched together our current lesson plans by examining English workbooks, pouring over language exercises and thumbing through the one teaching guide in Almeria, a dusty leftover from 1987. Despite the photos of fax machines and giant cell phones, it offered some helpful tips like going through mock conversations and having students listen to a real dialogue. However, for the most part, our kids’ abilities fall somewhere between Hi my name is, and I have three pencils. So despite it’s helpful hints, we’re not quite ready for the Saved-by-the-Bell inspired exercises.

But this weekend Oscar agreed to pay for photocopies for our kids, with the caveat that each kid was allotted four pages of material. Mads and I cut down on our laundry list of pages, and agreed to stick to the basics — at least for our third-graders’ first class. Oscar said we could always come back and make more photocopies in the coming weeks.

We decided on a sheet that lists about 20 greetings and common phrases like good luck, and you’re welcome. After writing the same English phrases on the board, along with Spanish translations — but in a different order than what was on the page, the kids were thoroughly confused. Ah ha! Let the learning begin. Some extremely zealous kids began filling in the blanks with no regard to matching the words with their correct meanings, and immediately hit the brakes when they realized their mistake. After a while though, everyone seemed to get the idea and started to enjoy the crazy gringitas’ game. Best class yet.

Las palabras del dia
Necesitas buscar las palabras Ingles. — You need to look for the English words.

September 9, 2013