Susan Palmer is coming to my class again! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us this week.
It’s so fascinating to watch what happens with these encounters.
We asked students to make their own handshakes, but they all came out looking a lot like the handshake Susan and I made up together. So I think we need to work a bit on creativity.
And Susan brought a game in which we had to introduce the names and sounds of animals. One person would leave the room and “unfreeze” people to find the desired pet. But the idea of “freeze” and “unfreeze” are still a little unclear.
I love doing this work because it lets me know how much farther we have to go with having students find themselves in this new language and culture.
I also find myself being a little melancholy because we’ve just started, and soon it will be time for five of my fledglings to move on: The purpose of my class is to move students as quickly as possible toward credit-bearing classes and, ultimately, on a path toward high school graduation.
I grimace because I’m just not done with them yet. I want to teach them so much more. But the end of the semester, and their departure, is coming soon. We’ll have to see how far we get in the next couple of weeks.