FACT: People learn languages effortlessly, using a part of their brain - the unconscious mind - that cannot be taught to, cannot be reached with traditional language instruction.
FACT: Most language teachers do not know this, with the result that
We are now moving at warp speed into a new way to educate and assess people. It is now more about communication, process, intuition and cooperation. It is no longer about isolation of the smart from the not so smart. Nor
For those working their way through the first Star book, here is an excellent video of Jesus Horacio Baez Avila, who is master certified in the Star, leading a group of Zoom teachers from Phase 1 to Phase 5. Of
A repost, and a good one, from Robert Harrell:
Hi Ben,Relative to the discussion about assessment, I thought I would share the following e-mail exchange I had with a student today. Since the student asked, I decided to be straightforward and
I'm enjoying reading some of what Robert has written here over the years. It's a ton. Here is something he wrote in 2016 on assessment:
Relative to the discussion about assessment, I thought I would share the following e-mail exchange
This is from my Category A book:
The approach described herein involves no planning. This involves no planning of instruction and no planning of assessment as well – no preparation of tests and no grading of tests, or almost none.
Testing in CI classrooms is far more damaging than we think it is. It conflicts in the most serious manner with the real research about how people learn languages. We must work harder to take down this monster in our
I got these questions from a group member and thought I would share them:
I’ve studied both jGR and the grading rubric in the book. I absolutely love the
term “observable non-verbal behaviors”. It really holds the key to grading in
Quick quizzes are easy, short, true/false questions (five or ten or however many you want). If you are pressed for time ask five and double the score. The questions are written during the story by your quiz writer.
Don't forget to
It's always a good thing to focus on your storytelling skills, image building skills (all those things described in ANATS and applied in ANATTY) but in my opinion that is something you work on most intently in the fall. Now