I haven’t been keeping up with my blogging this past week. I had a feeling I would slow down a bit in September. Things are so busy. Last weekend’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival was amazing and a well needed break. My husband’s band had an amazing show and placed second in the competition. Thanks to everyone who voted and came to the show. I’m so proud of them.
At school, my class is progressing. We’re starting to develop some good habits and routines. Some days they seem to require more reminders of those routines than others. There French skills are progressing as well. It amazes me, watching them figure out what I’m saying, what they need to say, learning the sounds and the grammar of a new language. It’s been a few years since I started French Immersion, 15 years now actually, and I have a vague recollection of how frustrating it was at first. But despite their frustration, most are catching on to the daily phrases and routines that we do in French and are getting more accustomed to me speaking in French.
As I mention in my First week with students post, I’m integrating some parts of the Daily 5 program into my Intensive French classroom. In February I’ll be implementing the whole program. For now we’re focusing on read to self. We did an I-chart of what that looks like, we talked about the three ways to read a book and we have a chart on the board for a visual representation of our stamina progress. More so than any other year, I’m finding their stamina is erratic. Some days they are able to read for 14-15 minutes, other days they only have stamina for 2 or 3 minutes, or can’t get settled at all. I am noticing a general trend of more time as we go along, but we have setbacks still. Today their stamina was 2 minutes.
I had one student today who did not want to read at all. This student had been having a difficult week and was being obstinate. I tried having other students encourage this student to try and reminders of the three ways to read a French book but to no avail. And I do believe strongly that when we’re building up our class stamina, it has to be the whole class.
Does anyone have any tips for how I can help this child? It wasn’t just this one issue today. I tried speaking one on one a few times, and have attempted to contact home to see if there’s something else going on but haven’t been able to reach anyone yet. How do you deal with students who refuse to buy in to this?