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Lesson – #103 “New Path” P&K

Parent & Kid Friendly.

Problem: Three young siblings just can’t calm down or focus to work on their scenes.

Worse Problem: They really are struggling to calm down and focus enough to work on 
their scenes.
Worse Worse Problem: I have got to come up with a solution.
 
Thought: Tell them something you would tell yourself.
 
So I say: “Repeat after me”  and then I say:
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
I can remain calm and focused while I learn. (they do)
 
SILENCE.
 
The six eyes stare at me, quite calm and focused.  Almost relieved themselves to be in a sort of trance of relaxation.
 
Thought: That worked great.
 
LITTLE GIRL #1: Wow. Is this what it’s like to be relaxed?
GAYLA: Yes.
LITTLE BOY #1: I like it, I think.
LITTLE GIRL #2: So I can focus?
GAYLA: Yes. Looks like it.
LITTLE GIRL #2: Don’t tell our Mom.
GAYLA: Why?
LITTLE BOY #1: She might want us to do this at home.

MORAL: When you discover a new path, careful you must be. For the new path may look back at you and tell you to lie to their parents.

Lesson #102 “Is the self-esteemed?”

P&K (parent and kid friendly)

Is the Self Esteemed?

Conversation:

KID: Gayla, am I doing a good job on this scene?

GAYLA: Well, what do you think?

KID: I want to know what you think.

GAYLA: Why? Is what I think more important than what you think?

KID: Yes. Because you know if I’m good or not.

GAYLA: Don’t you know if you are good or not?

KID: Sometimes.

GAYLA: Why not all the time?

KID: Sometimes I like to hear if from you before I believe it.

GAYLA: But you have to have enough self-esteem to know it yourself as well.

KID: Can’t you just give me some of your self-esteem?

GAYLA: No that would be called Gayla-esteem. Self-esteem has to come from you. You are the “self” in self-esteem.

KID: I never thought about it that way before.

GAYLA: That’s okay. You did right now.

KID: I have to believe in myself; that’s how I get self-esteem?

GAYLA: Yep.

KID: It’s sounds so easy that way.

GAYLA: It might be that easy.

KID: Okay. I’ll try it.

 

ONE WEEK LATER.

 

KID: Hi Gayla!

GAYLA: How are you today?

KID: Just great!

GAYLA: Great? Wow. What happened this week that was so great?

KID: I decided to believe in myself.

GAYLA: That’s wonderful.  How did you do that?

KID: Well, you told me too.

 

MORAL: If no self-esteem you have, yet searching you are…a teacher you may listen to.

 

Lesson #101 P&K “Lessons learned by teacher…”

(P&K) (Parents and Kids)
LESSONS LEARNED BY TEACHER
“The duck quacked twice and flitted her feathers yet acting responsibly for a duck.”
 
I’m sitting here practicing this phrase over and over again. I want to teach it to my kids tomorrow. Use it as an example of crazy dialogue that they might expect to get if theygo out on an audition for the Disney Channel or a new Nickelodeon show.
Problem: I can’t seem to say it right. I wrote it. I even spelled it right. But for whatever reason I can’t quit enunciate the k on the  word quacked. It’s just a k. I say k’s all the time. Kite. Kind.Killer. Kind Killer. That’s odd. Katsup. No. That’s with a C. How about the brand Ketchup. I’m on a role. Kangaroo. But truthfully I don’t say kangaroo often. I could if I worked at a zoo. Ah ha!!  Worked. That had a k. So does ask, mask, task. I’ll try rhyming words. Pack. Track. Smack. Whack. Okay, now I’m stretching. Flack. Flick. Pick. Poke. So I can say the k. So what is it? Even duck has a k and I can say that.
Maybe it’s the ‘ed’. I mean the more I stare at it the weirder it looks. Right? Is it Ed. That’s a guys name. Should it sound like ‘ud’. Like udder. No. That’s utter.  Never mind. Back to ‘ud’. How about if I sound it out like ‘ehd’ ‘Quuaaaaccccckkkk – ehd’’.
 
Solution: Type it up and show it to my students, have them pronounce it and correct them if they are wrong. Then I don’t have to do it. Ah. Relief.
Problem: I’m from the mid-west. My DNA strand will unravel if I ask someone to do something that I can’t already do myself.
Can you wash my car?
Can you pack my groceries?
Can you just put the toilet seat down?
Solution: If I was my own student I would tell me to slow it down. ‘The duck quack-ed twice….” Oh. Yeah. Got it. Nailed it. I’m ready to teach my students tomorrow.
Problem: Do students know how much time teachers put into teaching them?
Solution: It doesn’t matter. I love teaching no matter if they even know how much time I spend
making sure they learn.
 Moral: Lesson learned by teacher before learned by student