Report from the Field – Craig West

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2 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Craig West”

  1. Steven Ordiano

    Yes. Sometimes as teacher we want to “cover” everything… or are pressured from our admin, department etc… when the students truly just need the super 7. As long as it’s compelling and comprehensible.

    I’m doing movie talk all this week with Le Petit Nicolas doing screenshots and showing clips. THe kids are having fun and I’m getting in some reps on basic vocabulary from the movie. I describe it in French with the HF words and others they know. If I do introduce new vocabulary, I maximum 3 new words.

  2. Hey I’m always glad to hear from people who are using those seven verbs to hold up their instruction. I think as I try to get away from targets that was the most important foundation.

    Some people might wonder why go without targets? For me it’s a question of ease and naturalness. I just thought about the traditional way I used to do three structures. They were sitting there I the board and my “agenda” for the day was naked and exposed for all to see. So where’s the element of surprise for the kids? An astute kid could easily tell where the story would tend to go. It was more like a Mad Lib. With just grounding us in these HF words I don’t have to spill the beans like that. I can now say so much with them by just translating into high frequencyese. And then Lance you’re so right to remind us to limit the new words to three. I literally had a real life chuckle seeing your name on Ben’s board all the way over there in India. Vive the Internet, folks!!!

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