What teachers need is different from what they are told they need at the TPRS conferences and trainings. What I think they really, really need, is a shift in their mindset and physical presence and mental and emotional vibrations in the classroom. Non-targeted CI happens to allow that change to happen much more than targeted. Why? Because targeted is about the teacher having to adjust to the curriculum and NT is about the curriculum having to adjust to the teacher. New teachers need to learn slow and breathing and Walk Before You Talk*. This is where Tina wants this work to go. I agree. wrote about her back hurting here today and how she and her students allowed her to take a different stance on it, where she allowed herself to sit down. That was a big deal, a big awareness, because it allowed her to think about herself as doing what SHE needed in the classroom and not what was needed by some kind of fictitious “You have to be a great teacher!” police force. Body awareness is a metaphor for NTCI as we mean it here on this site because learning a language is not just about mind awareness but also body awareness. Blending mind and body awareness by using NT instruction is the often-neglected skills that build true strength and success, autonomy and power. Tina and I feel that when we address how we teach in our bodies, not just in our minds, then we can become stronger so that we can tackle teaching on our own, and not have to return to conference after conference. Tina and I have actually been scolded for not attending conference after conference because we “could have made circling work”. Tina’s response: “Circling worked as well as it could have for us, it’s just that when you drive a Pinto it only drives like a Pinto no matter how good a driver you are, and then Ben drove up in a Caddy and I took it for a spin and I realized there was a better driving experience out there.”). Thank you for saying that Tina, but what we have with NT is not so much a Caddy. More like a Volkswagen Jetta. But it gets around real nice in the classroom.