Well, I'm not real sure. Here's my best short answer to that question: L1 bedtime storyasking guides for little kids.
(I'm sure someone has written about this somewhere. There is probably an entire field of study devoted to exactly what I'm trying to articulate here. Someone fill me in if you know about it please.)
When my son turned 3, I started attempting oral storytelling at bedtime. Before that, his mom and I went in and read him a book or two and sang him a song and that was that. But I knew that oral stories, without the visuals that books provide, would go a long way in building his imagination and language. The problem: I didn't really know many stories. And when I tried to tell him a story that I knew from my childhood reading, it just didn't flow. I wasn't able to do it with confide...
Tonight makes three nights in a row that my son has asked for the Magic Coloring Book story. Altogher we've done the story five times. I like it. A lot. It's easy. And an easy story makes dad happy at 8pm.
Not to mention, when the story is easy, it leaves me with a more relaxed energy to create voluntarily beyond the script.
So here it is, our current favorite bedtime story script... the Magic Coloring Book!
A kid has a magic coloring book. When he colors something, the image comes to life. So he opens the book to a random page and colors the parts of the image one at a time, carefully selecting colors that best suit the parts.
A young boy has a magic coloring book. He opens it to a random page. On the page is a drawing of the ocean. In the ocean...
If you are a Spanish teacher, you will probably take a few moments of class to discuss the current visit of President Obama to Cuba. It is truly historic and warrants some attention. I played some of his speech from Cuba for my classes. (And perhaps I should show them a clip of President Castro to balance out some of the rhetoric.)
I communicate to students that I think this is a really big deal. Cuba is so close yet we don't know much about it. Generations of Americans have been unable to travel there. It's a big mystery to most of us. I often find myself switching into English when discussing certain elements of the history, geopolitics, and economics of Cuba and U.S. relations. I remind them I am not an authority on the matter, but a student like them. I try to deliver an unbias...