Check the tone of this email I got from a second year teacher. If this is any indication of the new breed of teachers who just "ain't gonna do it" the old way, then it is very heartening indeed:
Well, good things are certainly worth waiting for. For those who kept up with the other 28 blog entries from K from last year (none this year until now), we can finally get an update on how French 2 is going
I got this from Kelly (North High School/DPS) who observed last week. I like it. It makes me feel like I can connect with my colleagues, which is not always the case:
Ben, thank you so much for opening your classroom
Here is a cool example of an embedded reading from Toni Kellen. I like its simplicity and clarity:
Day 1: Tell story
Target Vocab: - meets
Joe meets a girl. Joe thinks that the girl he meets is very pretty. Joe thinks that
We work so hard. We slug. Especially in those years learning how to do the CI. We should be gentle on ourselves. I remember for the past ten years I would aggressively try to fill each class with only CI.
We have a store in Denver called R.E.I. which sells all kinds of camping stuff, mountaineering equipment, etc. I was near the section that sells hiking shoes when a lady came in and asked the salesperson for a pair of
Ray makes a subtle point about the assessment idiocy in this note below:
This year two brothers arrived to my elementary school from Mexico. They had years of English classes at their school in Mexico before arriving to my school in
This is from Drew in response to Grant and Nathan’s desire to know more about the grading system he helped develop based on “10 learning scales for foreign language to measure kids based on their ability to use language, not
An insight into the doodling thing is to engage the doodlers in either a private or classroom discussion, but tell them that they have to "check in" with you visually from time to time. Like every thirty seconds or so.
How do we know when to start stories? One indicator is the kids' boredom with one word images or with anything that doesn't have action in it. Static images can only be done for so many weeks. Then we have to get things