No English Time

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  1. Hi Ben,
    Thanks to you, I have a kid in every class counting words. This week, I’ve been as high as 178 and as low as 3 words in English over a class period. We have both 50 and 85-minute periods. I offered the job to the groups, saying, “Who wants to be in charge of grading the teacher?” The most unlikely kids popped up! You would think it would be the ones who get knocked down in other classes, but no…it was four different kids who are always perfect. Maybe they feel huge stress because of having to be perfect followers of picky rules? In any case, they are totally enjoying tracking my progress, and I’m improving!

  2. Dude we forget how much they love to count things! Thank you for this idea. I have about 20 jobs for them this year. So far, 4 have been assigned. Today will be the fifth. The Kid Who Grades the Teacher. I will add this to the jobs list. If any of the jobs don’t work, we can always remove them from the list.

  3. Just to add this – when we use English we completely undermine our students’ footing on the system we use. Comprehensible input doesn’t work if the brain is wondering what language is used in this class. Moreover, the students are perfectly capable of adapting to a non-English environment once they know that that is the way it is going to be. By treating them as if they cannot do that, by repeating some rule like #4 of my own classroom rules are too many times instead of just using the laser pointer or gesturing to them, we undermine the very process of TCI.

  4. Click on the Jobs category to the right of this page. By the way, this morning I said I ws going to add Michele’s job where the kid counts how many times the teacher uses English, and also yesterday I put in a job where a kid was supposed to write down every word I pointed and paused at. Neither worked for me. Way too busy among all the other things going on. So I will delete those jobs from that list. The thing about these jobs is it takes like two months to get them all assigned.

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