My door faces my colleague Alexis' door, and she usually teaches with her door open, which offers me a clear view of her acting area and her students' engaged postures as they sit in their desks, leaning forward, fascinated with the lesson. At the moment, they are in the midst of the Roger el Romántico stories (that teach greetings, introductions, and goodbyes) and it has been such a joy and delight for me to spy from a distance. Or sometimes up close, because every so often a smiling Roger, complete with purple velvet hat, invades my room to give me silk flowers.
This is her second year to teach through the 1A stories and she's really pulling them off well. I always found that my second year through the same set of stories goes better as I have more confidence, get more ideas about what props to use, etc. That is true for me right now with the 3A stories for sure.
Alexis came over yesterday after school to show me a music video one of her classes made to the song "Call Me Maybe" starring Roger and La Sra. Doubtfire. I wish I could post the video, but unless the kids themselves do it, I can't put their faces on the internet. I am still smiling this morning just thinking about it. This is the first time I've taught right next to someone who is using my stuff, and I just can't tell you guys how gratifying and fun it is to see my stories that I wrote coming to life and bringing such fun to someone else's classroom.
And of course, I love getting flowers from Roger el Romántico. Who doesn't????