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A-Day - First Class
A-Day - Second Class
B Day - First Class
B Day - Second Class - Surprise Visitors
The bell rang and in walk my students with guests! Five of my students were chaperoning students from a local Japanese school for the day. The students spoke some English. They were shocked to see that there were no desks in the classroom. The bell rang I started class in L2. As always I was giving directions to my students to unstack the chairs and which set up we needed for the day. I noticed right away that the student chaperones were translating into English what we were doing. In English I told them they were doing a great job and to continue to translate so that our guests do not get bored. I opened with calendar and then decided to jump right into Running Dictation. Just as I started to do this, other visitors show up at my door. Three teachers from the visiting school. So of course I invited them in. Now my room was packed. I am explaining the rules in Spanish, and working the CI magic. All the while the student chaperones are translating into English for the Japanese students and the visiting teachers are discussing my technique of making the language comprehensible.
We put on sombreros and started the running dictation (RD). While the Japanese students did not participate in the RD, a few put on the sombreros and joined in watching the others run and dictate. They seemed quite entertained. While all of this is going on, I had a colleague outside my door observing. So I explained to her what we were doing and why students were running up and down the hallway and in and out of the patio. She helped me monitor the door while I spoke to our visiting teachers who wanted to know why there were no desks. I explained some of the benefits and told them some of the ways that the students use the room. It was a very pleasant experience!
The visiting teachers and I talked for a little bit and then they moved on as my class was still engaged in RD. After the running dictation, we had FVR. Again the student chaperones read and translated to our guests. One student chaperone need to step out for a minute so I took over reading and translating to one of our guests. I wanted to model to the other students what they should be doing. Soon they were all doing the same. Reading slowly and with expression and then translating. A couple students interrupted me and asked if they could go get a copy of the novel I was reading because it sounded interesting. Of course I told them yes. We finished up FVR and I had the students to do a quick write for 10 minutes. The writing flowed! Students were writing so fluently! It was beautiful.
If you are considering trying a running dictation with your class, then go ahead and do it. Do not worry if it does not turn out fantastic the first time. Keep reflecting on how you can make it better and then just run with it!