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first week of school

This week has been really great! I’ve gotten a lot done and I’m having a great time at school! My private classes are going great, and I couldn’t ask for better students!

In one of my classes we had a special guest…. Nino the hampster!

(note: the Barbie doll in the background is named after me!!)

This same class was full of laughs! My student was writing questions and she forgot some question marks at the end. I asked her “What goes at the end of a question?” This is what she wrote.

“It’s crying!” And then I starting crying… from laughing so hard! She is soooo cute.

I’ve been working with 2nd, 5th, and 6th graders so far. It’s a big difference in ages, but it works. With the 2nd graders I am singing and goofing around with them a lot, and with the older kids I can actually have some decent conversations. Having both keeps me sane I think!

Once I clean up the aftermath of my IKEA trip (cardboard boxes and an old dresser are hanging out in my living area), I will give you guys a tour of my apartment. It’s really cozy and I’ve really enjoyed living here. My neighbor is really cool and my landlord is awesome! So far it’s been perfect!

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what is a classroom?

 

This Kaplan University commercial made me think! This idea is very similar to my philosophy on teaching. I try my hardest to “trick” my students into learning without even knowing it. We play with Barbies, we bake cakes, we talk about famous teen stars… anything! I do everything in my power to make them use English and have fun with it! If they can tell you that Barbie is mad at you for going on a date with Ken, they are using the language as well as having a good laugh (among other things of course). You don’t just learn in the classroom.

What do you think about this video? Does it inspire you to be more creative, or is it cliche?

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