Homework Made Clear

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  1. Robert I made the fixes. I underlined for strength, as this is a pretty important text for me since the school I am moving to in the fall* is big on homework. Let me know if you want me to jettison the underlining. Sorry about the glitch on editing – Word Press is overall a great program – and of course you can send anything to me and I will get it through, like David did a few weeks ago and like Skip did today.
    *Transferring schools is a slow process in our district, but last week I received official notice that I will be .5 FLT with three afternoon classes at DPS’ Abraham Lincoln High School, a 95% Latino high school much closer to my home than East and George Washington. There is a first year very pro-TCI principal there, a blessing from heaven. The department chair also wants to sail full on into CI with the entire department. Why are they both so pro-TCI? Because one of the very best of us in our TCI group in Denver Public Schools has been there for some time. Her name is Annick Chen and many readers of this blog know her as a gifted and dedicated and experienced teacher with the method, kind of Diana Noonan’s right hand in all the work we are doing at the district level. Annick teaches Mandarin and I can’t say enough good things about her. Plus, she and the department chair and her principal are kind. There is no “agenda” there, and there are no phony smiles with, if you thin slice it, judgment of CI behind them, which is so different from the school I was in last year, bless it’s heart. Where we work is everything!

  2. Great take-aways Robert! That is exactly what I got from the book when I read it last summer. For me, as a newer teacher, it helped me really find out how I felt about homework. It was transformative for my students, in that I didn’t give much homework (busywork) last year. But as my schools’ administration is big on homework every night, I sometimes succumbed to the nag that I needed to give homework just for the sake of having it (kind of like teaching ser vs. estar in year one because you have to). But I LOVED your assignment of likes/dislikes/favorites and the idea of culture projects since the new CO standards really emphasize culture. I’ll definitely be using these next year. Thanks for sharing!

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