Thursday (no observers)
- Q: You and Jason (Bond, who taught the beginner sessions in Gaelic) look like actors when you teach. That's not really me and I am wondering if this is something you taught yourself to do or if that's your personality?
A: Just like with any other form of teaching, you need to be authentic to yourself. Don't try to be someone else, because then you will fail. Find your own strength and comfort zone and go from there. We don't have to be actors to do TPRS. We just have to be ourselves and be comfortable. If you're not comfortable, there is no chance that you will get your students to be comfortable in your class.
- Q: One of the students in your class didn't really join the class as much as the others. He just didn't look as convinced and he answered in English a lot. How do you deal with that within your class?
A: I don't force him. I will remind him of the rules by pointing at my classroom rules. (Rules and their implementation credit to Ben Slavic) I will smile at him and give him time. Not everyone has to react with complete enthusiasm. I take his ideas when appropriate and give him an opportunity to be the star in CWB, etc. I will give him a job in class (here is a list of 50 student jobs) and give him the thumbs up or high five for doing it. He will come around.
One of the best moments was when this student, who was the hardest to get on board, got me a stroopwaffel, after we took his idea to create a character with it. Thank you, J! It was delicious.
I have also been very happy to have found a great artist in this class, who breathed life into our characters (One Word Images) for use in our Invisibles stories (credit: Ben Slavic) by drawing and coloring them all. Here are the superstars of our class stories:
Henk, die gefährliche Karotte
Henk hatte ein Problem, denn es gab kein gigantisches Huhn in dem kleinen KFC.
Die verrückte Sirupwaffel Pietje-Jesse
I had a blast and I miss all these wonderful TPRS people already. See you all again soon!