11 May 2016
I am really glad that this is not my last class, even though it is the last journal entry I’ll submit to my professor for my internship. Not only will it just be a little sad once it’s over, but also, I had only two students tonight. I don’t want to go out like that.
So here’s the scoop: I waited over 40 minutes for my first student to arrive tonight. No kidding. Forty minutes. Dan popped his head in, just like last Wednesday, and asked me what was going on. I didn’t know and I was hoping I hadn’t driven over an hour just to have an empty classroom. It’s not like I didn’t have lots of end-of-semester homework to get done. No time to waste. I spent my unexpected free time looking up videos I could use for both my final week of class and my thematic materials project.
Jaime walked in at about 6:12, and Flor was less than two minutes behind. Finally. I told Jaime he was the first one to arrive for once. Ha. He laughed. Both students looked a little puzzled to walk in so late to an empty room.
Just like last Wednesday, I pulled a chair up to one of the tables and the three of us worked together. We went over the homework (Flor had done it, but Jaime had not) and there was still confusion about when to use the superlative and when to use the comparative. I explained that if there are two things, it’s going to be comparative, and if there are more (Of all airports in the US, Altanta’s airport is the oldest), or only one (This is the best day ever), the superlative is needed. We worked on that for a while. Why not? No one else was coming, anyway. They needed the practice and I’d rather not start out the last week with the rest of the class too far behind these two.
We finished up the unit with a reading. It was a latter from one from to another inviting her to come visit her country, giving many reasons and descriptions of its charms. We talked informally about what Jaime and Flor would recommend in Mexico, what the best places are to visit and most interesting features. Flor mentioned the museums and I agreed that the museums are great, at least the ones I had visited in Mexico City. Jaime just kind of shrugged and smiled at first, and then mentioned the beaches in Cancun. Flor and Jaime are two of my quietest students, so on one hand, it was a challenge to have them be the only talkers in class, but on the other, I’m sure it was good for them to have to talk more and to have more of my attention.
We took a quick bathroom break once I decided to put the unit to bed, and then started our last unit for the semester, the theme of which is moving. It was actually a nice transition from one unit to the next, because we were working in order. We had ended with talking about reasons the students would give to visit their native country, and then we started the next unit talking about how many times they moved in their native country, when they moved to the US, how long they’ve been here, and how many times they moved once they came here. The theme is “Moving.” We had a good discussion using the questionnaire from the first page of the unit. Jaime said he didn’t know if he’d ever go back to Mexico, but Flor said she’d like to eventually move back to Veracruz, her hometown. I asked her why she moved here and she said that she was having problems with her family and she just had to get out. She says her children were born here and they don’t speak Spanish very well. They understand, but they would rather speak English. That led to a discussion about heritage languages and we all agreed it is important not to lose them. Flor said that she only speaks to her kids in Spanish, but they often answer in English. She is frustrated and doesn’t know what to do about that. They had started off in a bilingual school, but then when they moved to a suburb, that environment wasn’t available anymore.
Well, anyway, by the time we were done talking, it was almost 8pm. I didn’t assign homework, because I figured it would be best to just do that stuff in class, since only two people would have to opportunity to do it, and Jaime almost never does the homework (Flor is about 50/50). I’m going to continue with things I have planned from my materials project on Monday!
I really hope the last two classes are well-attended!