Requisite for Change

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2 thoughts on “Requisite for Change”

  1. Getting to FLOW is so hard (no blame) for so many teachers. They literally don’t get the concept of being themselves, or at least many of them don’t. What you are describing here Jenna is a quality of inner awareness that is not common, even though Krashen talks about FLOW as really a big deal in his oeuvre.

    I think that pursuant to Jenna’s point above we would all do well to take an inner look during our classes at how much we can just let the instruction go of and by itself, in FLOW, and not be always trying to control the flow of the input, that is, of the context and the vocabulary. It’s the targeting vs. non-targeting thing again.

    Dwight Shrute FACT: When we don’t target, when we don’t try to teach lists of semantic sets or word lists of any kind (thematic units, etc.), it is far more easy for us to align with the concept of FLOW, and thus w the research. We should want to embrace the research, and not run away from it.

    Articles in this space on FLOW can be found below. I recommend to those new to the site to read a few of them:

    https://benslavic.com/blog/?s=FLOW

  2. Jenna said:

    … it was unplanned, un-star-ish but every student was engaged….

    I would suggest that the very reason all the students were engaged was precisely because things were unplanned, without a lot of wonderful “starish” events directed by a showy teacher with star quality. That won’t get it done bc in my own experience I have seen CI work with really quiet teachers as well.

    There are as many ways to do CI as there are teachers and some are loud and theatric and some are reserved and decidedly not theatric in their teaching style, and that is just fine. To be effective at CI, the last thing that teachers need is to be a “star” on stage. All they have to do is make the message the star, and that requires FLOW.

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