Response To Grant

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  1. Pat Barrett, at blog “Pat’s Polemics,” blogged on this very same problem the same day. And I know you’re talking about different teachers. At least I THINK Pat doesn’t know your “Acacemic Spanish” colleague.

  2. Yes, Brian, my blog was describing a conglomerate teacher. It was set off by a comment by a colleague months ago that never left my mind. She was complaining about kids who “don’t do their work”. The fact that Pat wrote the same on the same day shows me that there is no shortage of such people in our nation’s schools.
    My own point is simple – kids don’t “do their work” because is is NOT REALLY THEIR WORK. It is the fantasy of such teachers that kids can learn if they do such work. 96% can’t.
    This teacher lives such an old century notion, especially in the light of the media impact discussed in that other blog here. It is off the mark in today’s world. Such teachers could get away with that kind of thinking years ago but they can’t anymore. The world has caught up with them. Now, as per Krashen, the new real work of kids is to unconsciously enjoy learning a language.
    Just this morning I told a determined Special Ed kid that I am proud of him (I didn’t say I was proud of his work, which is not perfect but gets his best efforts, I just said that I was proud of HIM). I told him that I expect him to go through all four levels of French with me, as per the blog about Luis here recently.
    This new wrinkle in what is possible reflects the new hope we now have with the proficiencey guidelines essentially becoming the new state standards (implying that kids can get to whatever level they can get to in four years, and don’t necessarily have to quit because they don’t get up to low intermediate, which would be the position of the conglomerate teacher we are talking about above). This kid looked at me in disbelief first, and I locked onto his eyes and made sure that he understood me. In my eyes was the message that, if he wants (his focus is very strong in class!) he can and will go on to French 4 as a senior. He got my message, his face softened and we, for an instant, “saw” each other in the Avatar sense. For us, in that moment, it wasn’t about whether he “did his work” – we had gone beyond whether he is a good or bad or lazy or whatever student, and he knew that he was just GOOD.
    Brian please send the address where we can read Pat’s Polemics, and anyone else with a blog please send the link to me so I can make a list of the five or so sister blogs to this one(Thomas, Bess, Laurie, etc.) for our ease of reference. Just put your blog address below as a comment, would be the easiest, and I’ll make a list of them and post it as a blog entry here, which can then be searced here if you want to read a certain blog. My idea is that we do a lot of our training through the internet on a daily basis. Our hearts are already linked, in the innernet, as per the synchronicity of Pat’s and my blogs about twentieth century style teachers. But we need to stay consciously attuned to each other to keep our vision clear, and that is what the internet is for.

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