Last night I went to see "Un paysage manufacture" (A manufactured landscape) at the cinema. It was one of their film and debate evenings set up to conincide with err...some environmental week, oops can't remember, but anyway if you ever get the chance to see this film: GO! It's really really impressive, and makes you think but not at all in a politically lecturing kinda way.
Today I had my lesson observed. Oh my gosh, my class was AMAZING! It's my oldest class, they'll go to secondary school next year (so they're 11) and have always been pretty cool, I like how their little adult personalitys are developing, but they can be a bit chatty and "meh" at times. Today however they totally did my proud; if I didn't feel it was kinda wrong I would go out and buy them all sweets or something. They came in quickly and quietly, settled down (I think the teacher had lectured them, thanks!), and behaved the whole lesson...PLUS every time I asked a question I turned around to a classroom full of happy faces and hands in the air! :-) :-) :-)
I was doing a lesson on food words, after having introduced "Typical English Food" and revised fruits with them last week. They picked up the 9 words quickly and JP was impressed they could sort them into plural, singular, and ones starting with a vowel/an. Then we moved onto phrases and they soon re-remembered, "I like..."/"I don't like..../Do you like...?". Then they did a questionnaire with their friends about favourite foods etc and back together to recap and start on "What's your favourite...?".
JP and I had a quick little chat beforehand and then he sat at the back and listened and made notes, was quite easy to forget he was there. When they all got up for the oral acitivity he joined in, bless him, so then they were all desperate to ask this funny guy who said "My name iz Jean-Pierre" whether or not he liked ice-cream! One boy, M, loses concentration really quickly and I'd already moved him once to stop him fiddling with ruler, notebook etc, but when we did this activity, finished first and was then happy to do "just one more"...and "just one more".
Afterwards JP and I spoke about it, and he said it was a really, really good lesson. There were several things he picked out as good...the insistance I make on learning the phonology first, the success of the oral work and how I made sure all their cahiers were checked, and he gave me just a couple of suggstions....making sure I don't get "ha hamburger" (its so easy to switch off to these kinda sound mistakes you hear 100 times a day), and a way to get one of the games to work better. But yeah really no biggys at all. He said he thinks I'll do very well in teaching and is going to write me a nice little report for applications etc.
En plus, I checked with him and the plan I think is to finish my contract a week early so I can get the work experience I need at home in order to apply for PGCEs before schools finish for summer. This might also mean I can go to Glastonbury Festival, woooo excitement. Tickets go on sale Sunday!
FINALLY, It's sunny! YAAAAAAAAAAY!