Got this from Bradley:
I had a short conversation with my friend that had so much to do with the work we do as second language teachers that it blew me away:
My friend recently agreed to teach me to play the
If you are starting free writes now, try to follow each of these rules:
Write without stopping for 10 minutes.
2. When time is up, count the number of words you wrote and enter the total in your bar graph.
If it is true that language instruction in the U.S. is broken - across the board in general - then let's not pretend (just because teachers are trying to make the research around comprehensible input work) that it's working.
Your posts give me strength and make me stand taller. Solving the problems in our schools can only be done when we believe in ourselves. On your forum, you talk about our real individual problems, not to be solved
In Joseph's recent thread on special needs kids, Jenna Engelbreit raised some points in a comment that are worth reading and thinking about. They go to the core of what we do and why we do it:
I’ve always felt that
floorboards of our classrooms are rotting. How long have we waited for the
final cave-in of each one!
All of us will be dropped, all akimbo, each at the right moment for us, into the waiting underground lake of fluency. There, we
I'd like to share an email exchange with a Chinese teacher who is using the Invisibles:
Q. My new
class is pretty reserved right now, and although I encourage creativity, it
seems it will take a little more time to really get them