Yesterday Anne wrote this as a comment:
I think that simple is best. If they are first-year students I would pare it down.
With that said, I really don’t know how anybody uses my scripts. I can’t even use them, now that
I suggested a few days ago in a comment that we make story scripts simpler. I keep thinking about that. What if we did one such simpler story a day? Impossible? Not really. How then?
1. Do the PQA in a few minutes.
We dance with the speed of the story. If we go too fast, we encounter bored kids, which is code for kids who don't understand. So, going too fast is a serious error.
If we go too slowly, nothing bad happens. The
I'm calling the fall of 2013 the Time of the Finding of the Missing Pieces. It started out with my realizing how important it is to get single choral responses from the entire class to each question I ask. I
This term - or something like it (countdown?) - was recently used here, but I can't find the comments. Is that the same as wait time? I'm trying to get clarification on this term, which I haven't heard before.
What a long and fascinating journey! Teaching using comprehensible input is a Long and Winding Road that leads me home, finally, from all that shitty teaching that is now, thankfully, years behind me.
New idea du jour: what we have to
Adrianne is brand new to this and reports in after her first few weeks:
I am loving how this method forces me into the TL. In the last week and a half, my students have heard more Spanish than last year's
When we read poetry, it's not the words that set us dreaming. It's the images, thoughts and feelings that they convey. When we listen to music, it isn't the individual notes that transport us into another place. It's the overall
...the click didn't happen without a certain ring but the other thing was that the boldest boy ran around fourteen times but it didn't work when the captain began to sing....
That's what it sounds like to our students when we
Today I returned to He Talks Too Much (Matava Vol. 1, p. 15) after all the Halloween stuff. Such a great story. I learned that it is this talking about kids in class who are doing all this crazy stuff, making it totally