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5 thoughts on “ACTFL Photo”

  1. What a photo! I have nothing but the greatest admiration for these three. I’m humbled to follow in their footsteps. Wow, the years of work and struggle and progress these three have gone through over the years. I see it all in their eyes. We are among giants here!

  2. Well win or lose, Grant has been an inspiration to so many and when BVP tweets that we should all check out his interpersonal rubric, it won’t matter. ACTFL can fight the tide as long as they want, the research and the results are on our side.

  3. It was great meeting so many people from the PLC at the conference this year. If I began to list them all, I would leave someone out and feel bad for doing so.

    To everyone I saw: It was really nice to be able to put not just a face but a person to the name or renew our friendship.

    The presenters from the TCI community were excellent; too bad there weren’t more.

    The Teacher of the Year 2017 also received the ACTFL/Leo Benardo Award for Innovation in K-12 Language Education. The blurb mentions her work with a STEM German Immersion Day, as well as calling her “an exceptional educator who is capable of consistently setting a standard of excellence and who considers their mission to not only build a program but then to personally foster that program into an elite educational experience for students.” That last sentence and most of the rest of the blurb is the typical educational platitude speak. It says nothing of how she teaches in the classroom, and she is not active in the TCI/TPRS community, so her approach, methods, and strategies are a complete unknown for me. While I know that Grant, Michele, and Darcy are definitely deserving of the award, let’s not then dismiss the person who won. And yes, I believe there are politics involved, though I wouldn’t say 100%.

    More importantly, though, we need to continue to be the grass roots reformers of the foreign language teaching community and help bring our colleagues from the Middle Ages to Contemporary Language Teaching.

    It’s great to collaborate with all of you.

  4. I had a wonderful time at ACTFL. In addition to some really outstanding presentations, the bigger deal is visiting with people I’ve already known in person, meeting in person many known previously online, and finding new friends in CI circles and Chinese circles. More exhibitors were CI-based as well (compared to 2014 when I was last there).

    I think people like us need to keep on submitting proposals and showing up to state, regional, and national conferences like these. There is interest.

    I was disappointed not to see a friend get the TOY award. One thing I noticed about the winner: she said she never expected (when young) to be able to speak another language, much less to teach one. It sounds like she may not be the typical 4%er.

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