Archive for March, 2011

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Protected: 3/20/2011 – English Exposed

March 21, 2011

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Protected: 3/17/2011 – Cravings

March 21, 2011

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3/16/2011 – Just Dance

March 17, 2011

I seriously had the best class today.

It was one of those assignments I was particularly proud of when I thought of it. It required little effort or planning on my part, and I thought it would be something the kids would really enjoy. It was our final lesson on Music (which has been an absolute joy teaching, Conversation class might be my favorite course to teach), and their homework was to go out in pairs to learn some sort of traditional or regional dance. They were then to give a presentation on their dance, telling us where it was from and its characteristics, then teach the dance to the rest of the class. I know, brilliant, right?

Anyways, I had some misgivings putting the class so squarely in their hands, but I shouldn’t have worried. Especially when I asked before class started what they had been up to that week and they had said, “Preparing for your class.” It was absolutely incredible. The first pair learned about square dancing, and imagine my delighted surprise when the entire class stood up and performed a dance they had choreographed as a group. The next pair had learned Irish step dancing, and they did a two minute performance before the rest of the students hopped up and learned the dance. The third pair learned some sort of Greek dance, and did the same thing: performed and then taught. It was just great – they really did go out and learn a new dance that they then shared with their classmates. It was so cool.

However, I must say the last pair was my favorite. They went above and beyond.  They stepped out of the room when it was their turn, and then came back in costume. They had learned a Russian Gypsy dance (which I feel sort of side stepped the rule I had made that they could not do a Ukrainian dance, but I was so impressed I let it slide) and were dressed in skirts and shawls. They came in all mystic-like, holding out their hands and telling people to “cross their palms with silver to have their fortune told”. Then they saw me, quietly sitting in my corner with my grading, and they let out a little gasp. “Give me your palm,” one girl commanded me. She looked at it and gave a little exclamation. “Oh! How interesting! For a little silver,” she continued with a wink, “I will read your cards.” Out comes a deck, and they throw the cards down.

“What do you see?” one girl asked. “The Ace of Clubs,” the other replied. “The Ace of Clubs means you will give all the students in your class good marks!” (I laughed and the students cheered.)

Another line of cards. “What do you see?” “The King of Diamonds.” “The King of Hearts means you will travel far and have much happiness!”

A final line of cards. “What do you see?” “The Page of Hearts.” “The Page of Hearts means you will find love!”

By this point I could barely contain my laughter. They were so over the top and really into it, and the whole class was in stitches. Once my fortune was read, they said for more silver they would dance. The rest of the class handed them “silver” (really just pretending to throw them coins), and the girls turned on their music and performed their dance. It was absolutely amazing, I was so impressed. Don’t worry, I took some pictures – thank goodness for camera phones!

The absolute best part of all of this is that this was the first class I had this lesson with. I have three more to go over the next week. I can’t wait to see what they have up their sleeves!

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Protected: 3/15/2011 – Þæs ofereode; þisses swa mæg

March 17, 2011

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Protected: 3/7/2011 – Travel Woes

March 7, 2011

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Protected: 3/6/2011 – Масляна

March 7, 2011

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Protected: 3/4/2011 – My First Package

March 7, 2011

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