The Ultimate CI program is designed:
- To fully align with the research.
- To fully reflect the Communication Standard.
In order to accomplish that in the world of actions and not just in the world of words (many CI programs lie about what they do):
- It is designed on and based in a feeling of community in the classroom.
- It specifically addresses equity and inclusion in the classroom.
The valid assumption here is that when all the kids are involved in the classroom process, as happens with the Star, then harmony is possible, and harmony is absolutely necessary for learning to occur in any educational setting. Language acquisition is about community and communication and inclusion, and without them we have nothing. It’s just that way in our field, as opposed to most of the other subjects offered in school buildings. This critical idea in our ongoing discussion of best practices in language classrooms is expanded upon below.
So what is it that we do in our Ultimate CI classrooms, which are so different from other CI classrooms where the textbook and the ubiquitous word lists clutch and grab and shred the purity of the research within their claws?
We strive for harmony in the classroom. We instruct everyone, not just the few. We teach completely differently, effortlessly, and we base our entire CI classroom processes on harmony and brotherly love, which honors everyone, not just the few.
As you read the passage below, think of how, if you could really bring harmony into your CI classroom, it would not be fake. It would no longer be about only pretending to do CI when you are really just aligning with the old useless and pointless curriculums of the past.
Think about making a conscious effort to instill harmony in your classroom. It is probably exactly what you need in order to escape having an overly stressful and unfulfilling career filled with overwork and resentment:
This is by Charmian Knowles:
“God wants to produce harmony in the world, and there can only be harmony if more than one note is being sung.
“One can’t have a symphony with just a single instrument. And there can’t be a chorale without multiple voices. It takes those contrasts and differences. If you’re going to plant a beautiful garden, you don’t plant just one flower. You plant a variety so that the garden is always blooming, so there’s always something beautiful to see and experience.”