thanks for all your ideas and encouragement, everyone! last night i had real true FUN in class, and i think the students did, too. i am thinking a larger group (i had 18 last night) might be more free to speak than a really small group like monday.
plus, the monster activity was good. 99% of all people like monsters :)
whew. i cannot believe i have to do this EVERY week now. i think i am going to seek out and HUG a teacher today for all they do.