Well, we got there. Lessons can fall over for the simplest of reasons. Teaching French space vocabulary to year 9s is quite tricky and demanding but I do it step by step and we get there. We had made up an alien and described it. I then asked them to make up a planet and label 10 things on it. I thought they were doing it but when I looked at their iPads there was nothing.
“We don’t know what you mean.”
“I mean I want to make up a planet like you made up an alien.”
“What kind of planet?”
“Well, that’s for you to make up. It’s your planet.”
“Do you want an aerial view? What do you want?”
” I want you to make up a planet.”
We were getting nowhere fast so I shifted the lesson over to some vocab and pattern practice and said we’d come back to our planet the next lesson. We needed time to think. I went away and made a desktop for my laptop by stitching planet pictures together. Next lesson I walked in and got lots of oohs and aahs. I could then tell them in French (because we had done all that extra practice!!) what their planet might look like. Suddenly there was a hive of activity and they went to work and it was interesting to watch how these Year 9s went about creating their planets. Some are very particular and like accuracy. Some like taking a theme and working with that. Some like it to be cartoon style, others like it to be realistic. I marked those planets today and they have done a wonderful job. Our next step is to put our alien on our planet and make a little story in French. The beginning of those planet presentations are looking really great and they are being very careful with their French. I still don’t know why they couldn’t make up a planet. I do know I am glad I have a laptop and a board.