The fact is that the grammar teachers' claim that their students can acquire a language in this way is and has been completely false. Nothing, absolutely nothing, can come from studying a language in this way. We must look at
Let's teach buildings! Let's teach Garnier's Opera House in Paris. We can walk around the outside of that building for three hours and barely begin to get what is on those exterior walls. And then we can go inside for
If it were a business, language education would eventually fail for the brick house reason. Few customers would be left. Administrators who continue to pay upper level teachers with seven or two white kids in an upper level classroom room
The result of grammar study is that the language house thus built of batches of grammar bricks has no shape or form, and, most egregiously, is not related to sound, which is what language is. How sad that years of training
Now that my vision is clear about grammar acquisition, I can see that grammar, word order, rules of agreement, all that mechanical stuff, is organized in the basement of the house! It happens by itself unconsciously! The conscious mind -
This is the first in a series of seven articles against grammar instruction. Grammar instruction hurts kids. Stop doing it if you still are.
In the past, teachers would take a batch of bricks, called a chapter in a book,
This is a reposting of an article I wrote here in 2009:
I had an insight after talking to parents for eight hours over two days during parent conferences. In talking to the parents I took away a feeling that they
So I've been working lately with a really good text written by a kid for a writing sample (data gathering) in preparation for the DPS exit post assessment in April.
I have found some productive things to do with this text beyond
Grant Boulanger has written the folowing passage about the change we are in. It is free of venom and refreshingly clear. If even half of us printed and shared some variation of this text at at our next department meetings,