2011年2月8日火曜日

loving and learning

I love celebrating all the different yearly events with the kids in my English classes. Not only is it something a bit different from the usual lesson and a bit of a cultural lesson for the kids but it's fun for me to get to celebrate everything with a willing (well captive!) audience as well.

So this week I added a dash of Valentines Day to my classes. For the seven year olds this meant we were going to write a Valentines Card to someone in their family. 'love' and 'you' are not phonetically regular for them to be able to write unaided yet but we can do 'Dear' and 'Mum' or 'Dad' and even 'Grandma' at a stretch so it was not completely a meaningless rote writing exercise. I intended for it to be a sub-10 minute exert in the hour long class.

Well, that was my plan.

Turns out my 7 year old class love a lot of people.

"Can I write two?"
"Can I write another one?"
"I need two more cards!"

I was torn. It really wasn't educationally sound enough to devote too much time to but a class that is going through some socialisation issues (I think they could definitely film "Mean Girls- the prequel" with 7 year old Japanese girls...) was all for one and one for alling it and they were so keen to keep going (did I mention that the kind of uber-coolness that puts you way above deigning to learn English is another symptom of being seven?) they were even doing their begging in English. That's what tipped it for me. You had me at "please please please please please!!!"

And so the activity was extended....

And everyone wrote at least three cards. The record was six! And she is one of my newer students who tends to baulk at writing exercises so I was thrilled.

I still feel a little guilty about using so much of the class on what I had planned as a filler but still, they had fun and were so proud walking home with their sheaf of pink paper hearts.

You don't stop the learning when it's on a roll, yeah?



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