My students surprised me with this clapping game last week:
I had shown them a Sesame street clip with this game, the week before; found it far too fast to tell them to remember.
However they asked me for the link, and I sent it to them.
When they came back this week I was really amazed at this!
I am very happy, as I think this is what learning/teaching is about.
The teacher gives an idea, a clue, a little kick, the students pick up what they like and work things out.
If anyone has similar fun clapping games jumping games, repeating games etc, that might motivate kids, please write them up in the comments.
Juan Carlos has joined the video letter project with a great clip from his students in Bangkok.
Different from the other video letters, which are addressed to specific students (countries), this one is addressed to the world, and the purpose is to get many schools in many countries answering.
I know, it is vacation for many of you, especially Europe seems to have a marvelous looooooong break, but there should be a few schools open for a while, or maybe you have some summer events coming up.
Juan Carlos, thanks a lot!
How many friends to make???
Today my 4th grade students who were on the skype exchange from last week, presented their homework.
They put their thoughts and impressions together.
It is in Japanese but it will be interesting to have a look at their papers even if you don't read Japanese.
They wrote down the russian words for the things we learned.
They were surprised that Russia has the same type of pencil sharpener as Japan
And that seaweed looked like a duster!
They realized how great it is to show things that are common to us but not to others, and got a new idea of their own surrounding.
They loved the dance together,
And they want to try to dance the Russian dance .
"The samowar and balalaika are so beautiful!" One girl said.
They found it funny and interesting that there were technical overlappings.
This was especially great feed back for me, as it concerned me. Great to hear that kids take it much easier.
They all want to meet again, with more questions quiz and dancing together.
So, we are really looking forward to September.
Finally we're ready to present you a tiny bit of our Skype exchange.
It was the first time for Julia as well as for me, so there is a lot to be improved, first of all the video taking itself.
But everything is a first time, and thanks god, nothing's perfect on first go.
I was just blown away by the beauty that I could experience. Russia must be a very beautiful country.
Thanks again Julia and kids,
and thanks Richard for your advice and tips ahead and for always inspiring, encouraging and motivating us.