There are so many experts selling CI stuff – disjointed strategies and activities – online now that it has all gotten just too big. It’s like going into one of those huge 800 acre markets in India divided into big sections where there are 570 people who all sell chicken. How much chicken do you need?
Same thing with the out-of-control CI marketplace. Too many activities. Too many strategies that don’t quite work in the classroom (because they are not part of an integrated whole.
So sad that when teachers new to CI buy those activities, they are like pieces of a jig saw puzzle that don’t fit together – what to I do next? How do I use this activity relative to that one? Help! How do all these pieces fit together so I can reach my kids with CI in an integrated way and also use it online with them?
Accordingly, I have broken the Invisibles books into six healthy pieces. In the past I have written big books, the Big CI Book, the two Natural Approach books, all the early books like TPRS in a Year! and PQA in a Wink! All too big. Too big means too confusing, even overwhelming.
So today I will finish the first of the six written parts of the Invisibles book, on Category A. The videos waiting in the wings to support the writing, something I have never done before. Those who already know the Invisibles book will be happy and I will send it out to you right away so you can start using it in the fall.
What I did was limit the content to only those skills and strategies that make CI work in the simplest ways in both the physical classroom and online.
Yes – the Category A book actually works in a Zoom format! I know that because for the past month I have been working with a limited group of super teachers who have allowed me to test that statement. Thank God for those teachers! I am thrilled!