Stepping Stones To Stories


This book is for teachers who are just beginning their study of comprehensible input language instruction.

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Ben’s System Of Starting The Year With Comprehensible Input


TPRS trainings used to focus on stories right out of the gate. People would attend a workshop and then try to start teaching in the fall using stories in their beginning level classes. It rarely worked. It was too much, too fast. Way too much, and way too fast.


It is the premise of this book that it is best to wait to start using stories with beginning students until the late fall or early winter, not before, using alternatives, the stepping stone strategies offered in this book, to start our year.


These stepping stones to stories are easier to learn than stories. In addition to preparing the teacher in the art of using comprehensible input, they also show the teacher how to set up:


  1. a strong and vibrant classroom management program.
  2. a personalized classroom
  3. an assessment program that works and saves time.


In Stepping Stones to Stories, you will discover how to:


  • Start your school year with simplified strategies that work.
  • Choose and implement the strategies that work best for you.
  • Teach using comprehensible input without using stories if you don’t want to.
  • Bring students into your classroom process without forcing them.
  • Teach for authentic language acquisition.
  • Align with 21st century standards and research.
  • Manage your classroom in ways that really work.
  • Establish an assessment program that works and saves time.
  • Learn skills like Staying in Bounds to make sure that each student understands.
  • Make comprehensible input the foundation of your success.
  • Establish trust in your classroom.

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