Here are three posters I have up in my room to help remind the biggest problem child in my classroom (me!) what we are doing here. If I get it, the kids get it. I am the problem, especially this time of the year when I get a bit lax.
Rapid “Learning” = Rapid Forgetting
We are going for long term memory here. We actually want you to remember this stuff. We go slowly & steadily so you can pick up a bit every day. You’re welcome.
WHAT IS THIS CLASS ABOUT?
It may be different than other classes. We aren’t just trying to learn it fast and pass a test! We are trying to acquire language and to do that you have to hear and understand a LOT of language. “Working” in here usually means listening, responding and reading.
ON THE INSIDE
Language acquisition only happens when written and spoken messages are understood and students are relaxed. So to get the most out of this class you need to:
• Have fun. Enjoy the learning.
• Stay focused on the message being delivered.
• Listen & Read with intent to understand.
• Intend to help someone else get it.
ON THE OUTSIDE
When you are engaged with the language, you:
• Look at the teacher.
• Play the game.
• Respond with your body language.
• Respond with short answers.
• Show the teacher when you do not understand.
• Show that you understand what you read.
Dear students, DURING SSR
NO DISTRACTONS WHATSOEVER:
• NO GETTING NEW BOOKS
• NO BATHROOM PASSES
• NO THROWING AWAY TRASH
• NO TALKING • NO SLEEPING
• NO WRITING • NO DRAWING
Because we are reading.
We are not avoiding reading and we are not just pretending to read.