Personalize Your Classroom Right Away

What Skip said in a recent comment here prompted these thoughts on starting the year:
We personalize our classroom to start the year. What does that mean? In my view, it means putting the kid in front of the instruction.
Comprehensible input without the personalization piece is not nearly as effective as personalized comprehensible input. Susan Gross said it in this way:
So, when we start the year in the fall, we want to make sure that we have specific strategies to personalize our classrooms. The activities that I use are described in PQA in a Wink!
The most effective first few weeks activities are the Circling with Balls activity and the Name Game. Both are described on this site on the resources/workshop handouts link.
It just makes sense. Once a kid feels left out, it’s over. Out comes the cell phone, because, in what is really a sad scenario played out countlessly in our nation’s classrooms, at least in their cell phone there is somebody that cares about them.
That’s really what the cell phones are about, right? They challenge us to make our classrooms more interesting to the kids in them, and there is nothing more interesting to a kid than herself. The cell phones challenge us to include everybody, as per Alfie Kohn. The cells phones are talking to us.



1 thought on “Personalize Your Classroom Right Away”

  1. Actually, that is not what I said. Here is what I said (in fact it is on one of my posters)
    Formula for language acquisition = CI + P
    No need to do TPR Storytelling, or pictures, or music, or a book, or poetry, or a movie. Just CI + P. However it is easier to have things like stories and books to keep the CI flowing. Ask any grandma or daddy and they will tell you that in order to provide CI that is Personally relevant to the baby, we rely on props and books and the baby’s body and anything else that might grab the baby’s attention. That’s all you need. Language acquisition will take care of itself.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Search

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe to Our Mailing List

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.

Related Posts

CI and the Research (cont.)

Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could

Research Question

I got a question: “Hi Ben, I am preparing some documents that support CI teaching to show my administrators. I looked through the blog and

We Have the Research

A teacher contacted me awhile back. She had been attacked about using CI from a team leader. I told her to get some research from

The Research

We don’t need any more research. In academia that would be a frivolous comment, but as a classroom teacher in languages I support it. Yes,



Subscribe to be a patron and get additional posts by Ben, along with live-streams, and monthly patron meetings!

Also each month, you will get a special coupon code to save 20% on any product once a month.

  • 20% coupon to anything in the store once a month
  • Access to monthly meetings with Ben
  • Access to exclusive Patreon posts by Ben
  • Access to livestreams by Ben