A Word About Circling

If you have done any work with communicative language instruction before, you probably have heard the term “Circling”. Here are my thoughts on it: Circling

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Destroy the Myth

It really is time to destroy the myth that problems and solutions in stories are difficult. This myth exists because in the past, when teachers

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School Shootings

Many teachers – and it is very difficult emotionally to even say this – teach in a way that makes certain kids think that the

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Current State of CI

The intended use of CI in the minds of Stephen Krashen and the other great researchers as potentially harboring the foundation of many successes in

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Square Training Sat.

I will be doing a training tomorrow (Sat.) at noon Mountain Time. All patrons are welcome.  It will be on Corner 1 of the new

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Square vs. Star

Got a question about how the Star and Square differ.  The Square is for kids 10 to 13 or so. The Star is more complex

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TPRS In

Michel Baker is looking for an experienced TPRS coach in the Carolinas. What’s happening over there? Michel is in the Columbia, SC area.

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A Web of Language

It’s not the amount of words we teach them – far from it. It’s about allowing our students’ deeper minds to grasp the structure of

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Cash Prizes

Ultimate CI Monthly and Yearly Cash Prizes: Student of the Month (one in each class – $25) Drawing of the Month (one in each class

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Implicit/Explicit Learning

Michele has a bag of goodies connected to VanPatten that will get us into the holiday spirit. Today’s topic is implicit vs. explicit learning: Hi

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Classroom Management

Classroom Management is 100% a function of student engagement. Without the latter, you can’t have the former. So make it your goal to engage your

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Time to Get Over It

What this work with comprehensible input really entails is lots of mediocre stories, some really pathetic ones, and on occasion a few really good ones.

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What is this Work About?

What is this work really about? It’s about laughing with kids. If you spend your time in class laughing with kids, and it’s in the

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It’s Getting Old

I really think that I need to get over it and exit the profession because it just nags at me so.  I see injustices everywhere

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Burn Out

I saw this this morning on a TikTok video: “Don’t burn yourself out trying to change the culture of an organization where you are not

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The Game

Blaine Ray calls teaching this way “Playing the Game”. It’s when they try to guess what you are thinking. You put your hand on your

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