On a lighter note, I have a student with a rather heavy South African sounding accent. On his registration, it says his name is David, but when I greeted him at the door, he introduced himself as "Dah-veed". I am very careful to make note of exactly how students' names are pronounced. I've had some tough ones over the years and I think it's important to take the time to get it right. But by the time I had greeted everyone, I had forgotten exactly how he had pronounced it. Dah-veed? Dah-vid? So I knelt down by his desk and asked him to pronounce it for me again so I could say it correctly. He said, "My name is Dah-veed." "Dah-veed?" I repeated. He looked at me like I was hard of hearing. "No, it is Dahhhhh-veeeeed." "Dahhhhh-veeeeed?" "No. Daaaaaahhhhhhh-veeeeeeeed." We continued to go back and forth like this several more times. At this point I'm feeling bad, but I am not willing to give up. So I try again, "In English, I would pronounce your name as David." His face lit up in an enormous smile! "Yes! That's it! It is Dah-veed!" "Thank-you David, I think I've got it now."
Saturday, August 18, 2012
Okay, so Week One wasn't really a week at all. It was only 3 days long, but it's done! I have a great class this year. Academically they are probably one of the lower classes I've had in a long time. This is fifth grade and only a small handful are reading at grade level. Most hover somewhere around mid second grade level. Some, I found out quickly, can't write a complete sentence. When completing a 3-2-1 writing activity, "J" wrote that his one worry for the year was "my tech ram". I'm usually pretty quick at figuring out inventive spelling, but I had to sit and think about that one for a while. It turns out that "J" is worried about his teacher's arm (I've been in a sling for almost 4 weeks and I have 6 more to go!). The same child also wondered, "wt i my tech las nam?" He wants to know what his teacher's last name is. I guess he thinks Tanner is my first name? Obviously, "J" and I will be spending a bit of quality time together as we take this journey through fifth grade.
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