I am either becoming a pack rat or a collector of lists. I find them in my backpack, crumpled in pockets, tucked within the pages of my current bedside book. Materials from Kleenex to cardboard order my thoughts. The scribbles contain teaching ideas, grocery lists, and chores. Mostly, though, they are an endless parade of the new words I encounter.
The column format easily jogs my memory as to which situation I learned the word in. For example, “chuleta” (cheat-sheet) by itself doesn’t mean as much by itself as it does whenever I see its neighbor, “copiota” (copier) and remember the heated debate between two of my students. Kara and I have plans to construct a Word Wall, where we share new vocabulary. So far we have a general catch-all for word(s)-of-the-week:
Can you guess what experience the list below, dated 12-10-10, came from?
Manojo de espárragos (bunch of asparagus)
Hipódromo (race track)
Meandro (turn, as in the turn in a river)
Leave your ideas below. The answer comes the next time I blog!