Defend Blaine’s Vision

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5 thoughts on “Defend Blaine’s Vision”

  1. Legend has it that three employees have 1/3 the formula, so no one person really knows how to produce Coke on their own. It would appear that Blaine granted editing permissions to the other 2/3 the TPRS-keepers who changed their portion of the TPRS formula.

    Oops.

  2. Leigh Anne Munoz

    I saw Blaine a few times. It was inspiring, but I could not do what he did. I really, really tried. He was a California teacher; I was a California teacher. So…why didn’t my version of his TPRS work? Well, for starters, I’m nothing like Blaine… 🙂

    When I started using Anne Matava’s stories, on the heals of two years of ‘Circling with Balls,’ I knew that I could teach for 17 more years.

    I needed all of that training, Ben, to be able to talk to students.

    BTW — what is Anne Matava up to with story publishing these days?

    1. Shades of Susie Gross – “Just talk to the kids!”

      Leigh Anne I can’t blame Blaine for getting all jiggy with the details of TPRS. He invented it and can do what he wants. He goes around the world and does fantastic demos and explains things and it’s all wonderful and changed my life and the lives of thousands of other teacher who were in deep professional doodoo, while affecting what will one day be if it isn’t already the self esteem and happiness of millions of teachers, parents and their children.

      Good on Blaine. However, Tina Hargaden and I have been talking a lot lately by email about exactly what you said above:

      …I needed all of that training, Ben, to be able to talk to students…..

      Bam. Bingo. Bongo. Bango.

      Just to be sure I am beating the drums right: when you say “that training” – you saying that you got a ton of training, tried to be Blaine, tried to put a lot of what he said, threw up your hands (you weren’t the first to do this!), then grabbed a Matava script and never looked back, is that right?

      I hope Tina reads this.

      Leigh Anne, you have been, were, are, will be, are going to be with no conditions on it – a fine jewel who is making a big California (read “entire world later”) difference just be getting up and going to work another day!

    2. Anne Matava tells me that she has a third story script book in the works, and has been working on it all year at least, and that it is good. When Anne says it is good, it is good. I just don’t know when I will get it. I hope right away so I can try a few of the stories before I leave India.

    3. Michael Coxon

      Leigh said, “Well, for starters, I’m nothing like Blaine… ”

      If you go to workshops or observe teachers, it is my opinion that you should see as many DIFFERENT teachers as possible. iFLT language labs are GREAT for this. We all are not going to connect with Blaine, or Jason, or Linda,or Donna, or ___________.

      We have to see observe others that are sometime like us AND sometimes nothing like us so we can grow and evolve…

      Thanks for sharing that Leigh!

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