It’s the end of Full Week #2 and my brain is mushy and still a little Guinness-logged. So I’m just gonna give you the highlights of my week.
1.) Today my teeny tiny fourth graders had to get up and do a role play that involved meeting the characters from Tom Sawyer, including Huck and Becky. It was super basic “Becky, this is Huck. Huck, this is Becky,” and “Nice to meet you!”. Anyways, I watched this role play about 15 times over the course of the morning. When the last group got up to perform before lunch, this rolypoly kid with his underwear sticking out was cast as Huck. Before he spoke, he lit up an imaginary pipe, which was both startling AND hilarious. My coteacher was like “No no no” but he kept at for the full minute and a half, switching to pretend cigarettes and chain smoking, lighting and relighting while the rest of the kids did their dialogue. It was awesome. And random. And so funny.
2.) Sixth graders learned “Where are you from?” and I had to listen to the silly song about a hundred times. It also has a little surprise at the end. It sings merrily along, flashing pictures of mad stereotypes as these materials often do. But then it got to the kid from Canada…well, just look.
3.) My coteacher also showed this video to a few of my sixth grade classes to practice “Where are you from?” I tried to explain “This is very old, don’t judge Westerners by this video, guys.” But then Canada appeared again and I said, “Judge them. Judge them all you want. I am.”