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  1. In light of this discussion we should probably mention Bryce Hedstrom’s recent piece here on the interview process. Here is the link:
    https://benslavic.com/blog/2011/05/04/bryce-hedstrom-on-the-interview-process/
    Of course, Bryce wrote the questions and his student teacher hit each one out of the park. But, unlike in his situation, what if the interview team is not particularly aware of the research, of the potential Krashen bomb waiting to go off in their school?
    The answer is simple and modeled in the wording of the answers giving by the student teacher: understate things if you don’t know your audience. If you read each answer given by the student teacher carefully, there is a level of passivity in each one – there is no “this is going to change the world” kind of preaching going on.
    That’s what I did in the interview at GW. The minute comprehension based methods come up I get all excited and can’t contain myself. I wasn’t told that I was their 10th interview of the day or I certainly would have toned it down, but hey, c’est moi.
    So we can learn from the way Bryce prepared his student teacher on this deal. Or just interview in places where the building team is as nuts as we are about this stuff. Wouldn’t that be the day?
    By the way, I have seen other teachers who were trained in Bryce’s classroom. One came down to my former school and blew the kids away with her poise, pacing and general CI skills in a Spanish class that I should not have been teaching. I highly recommend people visit Bryce’s classroom if you are in the area to see how he gets the job done.

  2. Sorry about the job, Ben. I dearly love the idea of public schools–they are the only hope for our country, we have to have an educated citizenry. But they can become mediocrity factories. Maybe a position in a charter school or a private school would work for you.
    Thanks for that blurb too, Ben. I really enjoy teaching teachers and the student teacher situation is perfect for instilling good CI-based habits. I realized the other day that all of my 7 former student teachers are still teaching. If anyone in the Denver area wants to come observe, my school is only 45 miles north of Denver, right up I-25. We have a couple of stools in the back just for observers.

  3. I think you should wait until Bryce gets the ball rolling, Robert. You know what you would see in the first few months because you do the same, most likely. I go up to Bryce’s in the spring. And I suggest you stay with him for a few days or more. That is when our work is really showing results. Or you could come up and watch me, if I get the p.m. gig I want in DPS, in the afternoons and spend the mornings with Bryce. I even have an old Honda we can lend out to visitors for the I-25 run and you can stay with us and keep costs down. If the Honda is still running.

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