Crystal Barragan

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  1. Hello Crystal and welcome to the PLC!

    In echoing Charlotte, definitely keep that courage and determination going :). It’s awesome that you’ve taken the plunge with TPRS/CI. Actually, I think I follow you on Twitter (@profebeck), so it’s great to see you here as well. Keep up the good work and I look forward to getting to know you better through here and Twitter. If you ever have any questions, let me know! (I’m a newbie teacher as well, but may be able to help, and anyway I love collaborating!) Also, are you going to NTPRS in Dallas this year? I will be, so I just thought I’d ask :).

  2. Welcome, Crystal. I am happy for you that you have found the way to connect with your students and I am doubly happy that you found it sooner in your career rather than later. Whenever I read a new bio, I am struck by their similarities. It’s a process. Hope to meet you someday – maybe a conference this summer:)
    All the best,
    Chill

  3. Hello Crystal! Glad to see you here! I love this paragraph:
    “So what do most language teachers do when students don’t care? We make elaborate worksheets. We play competitive, let’s-conjugate-that-verb type of games. We use complicated tech presentation tools to wow our kids. In the end, we’re just using gimmicks to force output from students before they are even close to being ready to produce TL. We’re shattering their confidence starting day 1 — how can we expect for the majority of them to find value in what we do?”

    This so beautifully describes the situation where the teacher just keeps working harder…and in doing so works him/herself even farther away from the students. It’s painful to see and even more painful to be in.

    For me, that is the greatest joy in this way of teaching…the connection with and buy in from the students. It isn’t guaranteed and works better by establishing norms and a lot of self-checking on our part in terms of our teaching…but our efforts make a difference!!!!

    So glad that you are here!
    with love,
    Laurie

  4. Hey Crystal, it’s so cool that you’re in the PLC now. A few months ago I found my way to your web site and used some of your materials, so thank you for that.

    I also gave up ambitions to be a doctor to instead be a teacher. It was tough because of the status thing, and we know that teachers generally don’t get a lot of respect. It wasn’t until I found my way to tprs and especially Ben Slavic that I realized that I could develop my craft as a teacher, enjoy myself and do right by my students in terms of language learning. Since then my self-respect as a teacher has increased a lot.

    I hope you’ll hang around. I look forward to reading your posts.
    Ben Lev
    Sebastopol, CA

  5. Welcome Crystal,

    I hope that that “hater” in your department doesn’t sabotage you. It happened to me my first year and can be devastating. You have the right attitude though, and that is everything!

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