How To Have A Carefree Summer Even If You Are New To This Stuff

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2 thoughts on “How To Have A Carefree Summer Even If You Are New To This Stuff”

  1. If teaching using the old way (grammar translation, frequent use of English) is of the mind, then teaching using Krashen’s ideas about comprehensible input is of the heart.
    Therefore, when we prepare for the year now by resting our circuits, perhaps it would be best for us and our students next year if we got closer to our heart center. In that way could we become the most effective, because CI is about human things, not just brain things.
    One of the reasons for the sadness is the little cutting some kid out of our heart because we mistakenly perceive that he or she can’t learn what we teach them. That is only true as our reality – it is not true in fact.
    All of them can learn a language, let it be clear. But it needs that heart piece, that reciprocality, that human playfulness. Then, only then, can Krashen’s ideas move into the hearts of both instructor and student, and real gains occur.

  2. Dear Ben,
    I am pretty new to this stuff, and since accepting a position at a K-8 school here in Maine in mid-June (teaching French to all 9 grades) for the upcoming year, I have been feeling overwhelmed. I will have a tremendous amount of teaching freedom in this school and I know that TPRS is the way to go, not only for the kids at this particular school, but for all kids I will have the honor to teach in years to come (let me mention that I am not a new language teacher either – 14 years teaching ESL, French and Spanish with a recent 3-year hiatus to raise a child). I have done so much reading on TPRS and so much thinking about it (so much so that I have had many sleepless nights!) and am presently watching your DVDs and reading your blog nightly. It is starting to gel for me, and instead of feeling overwhelmed, I am beginning to feel very excited and just so happy about teaching French again and about truly becoming a teacher of French as I have never been before! I had a “No way!” moment this evening when, after reading through Anne Lambert’s scripts, I did a search and discovered that she teaches two towns away from where I live! No way!
    I find myself being inspired daily and I thank you mille fois! The remainder of my summer is shaping up to be a lot more carefree.
    From the bottom of my teacher heart,
    Maureen

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