UCSB Teaching video

In this class period we started out with a “speed dating” warm up, where students asked each other three questions about family relationships. When I made a certain noise the students would change partners and ask the three questions of…

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In this class period we started out with a “speed dating” warm up, where students asked each other three questions about family relationships. When I made a certain noise the students would change partners and ask the three questions of their new partner.

Next we learned the song Marmor, Stein und Eisen Bricht, which deals with relationships. The students were also informed that if anyone was caught speaking English that everyone would have to stop what they were doing, stand up and all sing the song (this only happened twice).

Then the class was divided into three groups: Parent #1, Parent#2 and Child). Each student was given a piece of paper describing their relationship to the two other family members and a problem in that relationship. Each group discussed their piece of paper quietly, so as not to let the other groups know what their piece of paper said. I went around to each group and made sure that they understood what the paper said and encouraged the students to brainstorm with each other how they might approach the problem with their other family members.

Next all the students formed groups of three, each with a Parent #1, Parent #2 and Child. They then had to improvise a family discussion and some to some sort of resolution with their family members.

Unfortunately the video cut off at this point, but the final step was for the class to come back together as a group and discuss how they approached and solved (or did not solve) the problem. One set of parents gave their child cheese to make her feel better, because she really liked cheese. Another set of parents bought their child a leather jacket.

This was a fun exercise where everyone participated, was active throughout the class period, and made meaning on their own in the target language.

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