We created a “beginning the year” category here a few months ago. Here are a few quick additions to that list, which I will time stamp as well for August.
First, there is no doubt that TPR is in for a renaissance in my CI classroom. A lot of us seem to have been thinking along these lines in the past five months, judging from that thread here about three weeks ago. I will push the TPR/gesturing because at the end of last year my students clearly missed the early year five words a day – which I kind of let go after I could see that they had a big strong active vocabulary after the first three months or so.