Next Week We All Try To Be Just Like Linda Li

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4 thoughts on “Next Week We All Try To Be Just Like Linda Li”

  1. I wasn’t able to get to the link above. It’s asking for a login. Is there a way to get to it?
    I’m up for the challenge you described above, i think. Today was day one for me and with all the admin stuff, I was only able to teach a few min of a few classes. But I really think things are coming together this time around.
    (off topic or on… Its so late i cant tell…) TPRS/ci involves so much juggling and in the past I have always felt as if I were dropping so many of the balls. This year, I have simplified my rules to susie’s 3Rs as the basis for everything and a listen and learn poster (from more tprs yahoo) based on Bens rules and the levels of acquisition for procedures for CI discussion. The listen in order to learn poster gave them some level of purpose for listening and a way to gauge their progress. I’m also trying to work out a standards based grading system by the end of the week–better late than never– because I think it will encourage clear communication and positive results. Redirection was so much easier with all this in place today, and with being able to tell students they were going to get a listening grade for participation (thank you Ben lev for a simple participation grading system.) in addition to all that, I need to resurrect and fine tune my PAT system, because as Fred jones said, if you want kids to manage time, you have to give them time to manage. and I need to create a year-at-a-glance for my course in the next week or 2. Why not add trying to be like Linda Li (certainly not all of her, but just a very measurable part.). It’s this kind of focus that makes all that structure worth something, makes it fly, because it keeps the focus on the kids.
    Being back on this blog has made me extremely hopeful! And the new year (4th year) feels like stepping into a new outfit and discovering that it fits and feels just right, contrasting with years past when it was like trying on shoes from 2 different people and mismatched, ill-fitting outfits, and a girdle from my textbook to deform it into shape.

  2. Carla just scroll down to a blog entry from about a week ago:
    A First Week Explosive Combination
    That’s where that link is supposed to go.
    I am through the introductory few days and district pre-tests now and so today when I go in I get to really try to see what happens when I combine Circling with Balls with One Word Images. It should produce a ton of CI and allow me to stay with that one kid longer, which is very important to me for the personalization piece. My goal this year is to simplify as you say above and go lindalislowli. Bryce and I both are going through changes as a result of working with her this summer (he co-facilitated her sessions every day so you can imagine what he learned!). I will go slowly and I will stay with the kid. I cannot let myself be in a hurry to get to stories.

  3. Dude I’m feelin’ it. I have always wanted to know what the right term for that speed is. You found it. Right on. Finally we have the term.
    Thus this announcement:
    O.K.-everybody. It’s-not-about-SLOW-anymore-it’s not-even-remotely-about-slow-now-it’s-not-about-any-conception-any-of-us-might-have-about-slow-it’s-slower-than-that-it-is-slower-than-glacial-and-actually-it’s-so-slow-that-we-feel-like-we-are-doing-something-wrong-but-all-we-are-doing-is-making-ourselves-comprehensible-because-probably-100-out-of-100-people-who-start-doing-TPRS-are-doing-the-comprehensible-input-so-that-it-is-incomprehensible-and-only-one-person-that-we-know-of-in-this-particular-universe-goes-slowly-enough-to-make-herself-fully-comprehensible-to-her-students-and-that-is-our-sister-Linda-so-now-we-can-say-that-the-best-and-really-only-way-to-teach-using-comprehensible-input-is-to-go-SLOW-LI.
    Right on. Problem solved by le Chevalier de L’Ouest!

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