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  1. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    People- Grown ups n kids are drawn to these orig images. Just a glance and the whole story unfolds- I remember every detail- yet I can’t remember where I left my coffee cup. The stuff is magic

  2. It makes sense: stories “pop” when their roots are in an image. The key is the image, the seven steps under 25 minutes, and the jobs. It’s the synchronicity of those three things. It really is magic. I knew it the minute I put those three things together. I remember where I was standing in my classroom when it clicked. I remember the class right after lunch then in January of 2016 in India. I’d been waiting and looking for that combination for 15 years. God gives with both hands.

  3. Yep. The gallery is great! I’ve also started posting the most recent drawing outside my classroom on the bulletin board so everyone can see it as they walk down the hall. I truly don’t know how you do it in 25 minutes, Ben. It takes me most of a class – about 50 minutes! I know I get too much student input but if I make most of the decisions, how is it their story?

  4. Dana it’s funny because in the room (310?) next to that bulletin board about ten paces from the door is where the entire Invisibles thing hit me. And you are right there on the other side of the bulletin board, right?
    Anyway, I remember where I was standing and looking at the floor for something to anchor me in “another long story” and how personally I needed to got through faster (too much to process afterwards as well) and I had this kid from South Africa (the twins) and he was the best freaking Story Driver ever (the prototype) – his sister Merle was the best Story Writer ever – and I stopped class and looked at him and he told me that we could get through faster and he would help me when I asked the class if we could tell simpler stories – it was just something I needed to do for my own mental health after fifteen years of TPRS stories going up to four days long. I don’t remember every single detail, but it all came together right inside that door and once I realized (at the time my goal was 30 minutes) that I didn’t have to go for the entire class that is where I got the seven question sequence and with the cards on the floor that kid and we became very efficient in shorter stories.
    Well that was a ramble but the point is that it’s not that I wanted to be the one to make all the decisions to speed it up and lower the amount of student suggestions, but to have a much more streamlined story line with much less detail and much more of a svelte, trim and efficient story with only the very best suggestions from the students providing the drive train for the story.
    We must say, of course, as you know, if the CI is flowing it makes no difference how long the story is. That’s what is great about the Invisibles system – we have a template that we can bend and shape into instructional time frames that are much more flexible in the past, to accommodate the CI, instead of the CI accommodating various instructional time frames.
    Our CI instruction doesn’t have to fit into a certain time frame that aligns with certain lesson plan time frames, but rather the lesson has to bend to accommodate whatever the quality of the CI is on any certain day.
    With that concept injected into our instruction, we finally switch out all old ideas about how we use our WL instructional minutes to finally arrive at the intense need in our profession, since forever, of not only giving more freedom to the teacher to do what she wants when and how, but also to truly align with the Communication standard and the research.
    Sorry for the ramble, but until teachers get (this is my opinion) that this work of teaching languages cannot possibly follow the old style curriculum that is so limiting and lacking in creativity, and until they adopt a spatial (new – Star Sequence) vs. a linear (the old way) curriculum, they will never get out of the old WL instruction hell states.

    1. My students want to keep making the stories more complicated. Maybe because their thinking is more complex? But maybe if I make it a game to see how fast we can do it, they might buy in. Hmmmm… That would mean I’d need to be able to come up with ideas though and I’m so not creative. I’ll try it and see.
      I think you were in 206 and I’m in 205. There are still the French stickers on the windows by the door of that classroom. 🙂

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