Big Win for CI Teachers

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  1. Alisa Shapiro

    If any one can use their kind and patient communication skills to help the un-initiated to understand what is teaching w/Comprehensible Input, it’s Grant.
    We applaud you and are rooting for you to TAKE IT ALL, BABY!

  2. WOW, you guys. Thank you! I know it will inevitably appear to some as I’m selling out. I wonder if it’s impossible not to. But, that’s more about them than it is about me.

    I feel really honored to have been chosen. It means they are looking past any issues they foresee with me being a CI teacher and are choosing me because they feel I can speak articulately, honestly, genuinely and humbly on behalf of all language learners. That is really something. That, in and of itself, is a huge honor for me to know that my passion is, for once, being seen as a positive instead of a threat. If you’ve tried to counter entrenched district colleagues, you understand what I mean. And that’s most of us here.

    There were some really great teachers among the nine who were on the stage with me. That decision comes in November at ACTFL in Boston. You should go.

    1. Like ACTFL, you are selling something, namely the belief that students can and should learn another language. Since you are coming to Boston, here is a snippet from the Mass FL Framework. It is the First Guiding Principle (of four).

      I. All students should become proficient in at least one language in addition to English by the time they graduate from high school. Students who select modern languages should be able to speak, read, write, and understand the foreign language they study; students who select a classical language should be able to read and understand the foreign language they study.

      The emphasis is on “all students” and “proficiency,” as opposed to grammar analysis for the few. Even though there is a rising tide of spoken Latin here, I have realized that the classical limitation to “read and understand” is still a proficiency goal. Contrast ‘reading and understanding’ with ‘grammatical analysis and translation.’

  3. PS: I’m all in on the equity angle. Many of us here have talked over the years about how CI can give access to language learning to kids who usually are told to get out.

    well, I’m creating a new hashtag, called a #NationOfAdvocates and I’ll be posting on some other public blogs about finding ways to create a #NationOfAdvocates. Guess what, the recipe calls for engaging, fair, joyful and effective methods. It calls for each of us to focus on what we can do in our classrooms to honor the humans in front of us in the moment. It’s about respecting SLA and allowing comprehension to precede production.

    Look for my first post on stacieberdan.com this week sometime and share the heck out of it.

    1. Perhaps that’s the future name for our approach. We once were TPRS, became TCI, and soon will be NOA (Nation of Advocates).

      Congrats Grant! And I look forward to celebrating you all year!

  4. “I can speak articulately, honestly, genuinely and humbly on behalf of all language learners. ”

    Um. YEAH. Es obvio! This is why you are being recognized. Shift is gaining momentum every day.

    “I’m all in on the equity angle.” The pull of this truth is the strongest one for me, and I suspect for all of us. Thank you Grant for putting it front and center.

    Haitian kreyòl has a cool expression for this solidarity. Every language does, no doubt: “ann kole zepol” means let’s work shoulder to shoulder (lit. let’s stick our shoulders together!)

    I have never been to ACTFL but since I can’t go to any of the summer stuff and since a buncha y’all will be there, and since it is right down the road I will start saving my pennies for November!

  5. 2016 is a year for our memory books. I’ve been ten years now following TPRS and CI, and there’s so much energy around it now. I feel a shift happening under our very feet. Get on board now people. (Not speaking to the current company, of course) I see the coming challenge as keeping TPRS student centered and flexible as so much pre planned curriculum is available. The beauty of this work to me is its openness and freedom. That’s what makes me feel like I’m taking part in an equity centered movement. It’s what makes me feel like my class is special, a meaningful bright spot of connectedness in my students’ days. And mine too!

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