Seeing myself

I have a student teacher now, and it’s scary, seeing my own difficulties with teaching and TPRS magnified.  I watch her try to keep the instruction in French, and watch her forget to make the meaning clear.  It’s beautiful French, but not comprehensible.  I watch her introduce too many vocabulary words at once and watch the barometers tune out.  I watch her riffing with the superstars, not checking comprehension with the rest of them.

Dang.  I do all those things.  But I also watch her improve instruction during the second section of the same class. I watch her complimenting kids for the good things they do. I watch her disciplining with a pleasant face.  I hope I do those things, too.

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