Paul Kirschling

This is just a repost mainly to help me remember to do this at the end of class each day. I don’t care if it’s output – it’s fun!

Paul has a great way of ending his French classes. Each day, he asks in the target language, “Do you have any homework tonite?” while putting his left hand up and looking expectantly at the class as they gather their stuff to leave. He may put up just a thumb, which is code for the kids to say in L2, “Never!” loudly in chorus as they exit the room. The thumb and first finger is their cue to say, “No thank you, sir, I am busy tonite!”. Three fingers might mean, “I’m going out with friends tonite!” Four might be their cue to say, “We never have homework, sir!”. All five fingers could be their cue to say, “We detest homework, sir. You should know that!” I am definitely putting this in for next year. And then, when it all sounds good after a month or two, I add in one new expression every now and then as the year rolls along. It’s a cool way to get some artificial output going and to get a lot of reps on those expressions so that the kids recognize them without effort when they hear related content.

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3 thoughts on “Paul Kirschling”

  1. Do your students really never have homework?
    I have some students that beg for homework.
    I love this idea of yours, but I feel that it would bind me to never be able to give my students homework. Their homework is usually just to read of one the stories we’ve done in class to one of their parents.

  2. Annemarie don’t forget – there are no rules. The homework you give is awesome. Not giving homework is awesome as well. All we need to do is continue to align with best practices in language acquisition. On the pro-homework side, Nathan has given us this great post from awhile back:

    https://benslavic.com/blog/2011/05/14/nathan-black-on-homework/

    Now, that is homework worth giving in CI based classes!

    And there is this post as well on this topic:

    https://benslavic.com/blog/2011/07/09/homework-made-clear/

    As long as we remember to keep our students’ best interests at heart, and give them things to do, in class or out, that have value and real purpose and help them to feel good about themselves, and honor them and not burden them, then we are doing the right thing. For some of us that means giving homework, for others it means not giving homework.

  3. Oh, I love this list of different kinds of hw assignments! This is great stuff. Gracias-Merci. I have this one six grader that keeps handing me free writes she does on her own at home! I should somehow give her extra credit for this-but these students who want and will do extra credit are the students who are already receiving an A. My 6th graders are phenomenal this year. They love singing in Spanish and I’m continually blown away by the fact that they will sing Cielito Lindo with me at 8:30 on a Monday morning. I love them.

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