Sean Lawler

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  1. OK I just wrote for over an hour breaking down Sean’s Refrigerator Story. As happens from time to time, I deleted it before I could publish it. Maybe it’s bc I got my cast off today. Oh well. I’ll get over it. Dang it! It was a most pleasant experience, that is certain, and Sean’s ease of delivery, permission-giving for laughter and lightheartedness, all those things he does so well are on ample display in this excellent example of using a Matava script to bring great CI to his students.

        1. Hi Tina, I will share the folder with the original video files in them so you can upload to your Youtube channel. My channel is a private channel and it has a copyright strike against it because I uploaded a video there for a movietalk.

          What I’m saying is that it is better that you host the video if it will be tied to your book.

  2. Jeff L Underwood

    Great job Sean! This was really helpful for me to see. I got a lot of good tips from your delivery. Of course, every teacher has a different situation and I would be lucky to get 25 minutes of pure CI storytelling with my large class sizes.
    I have been doing non targeted stories with the Invisibles this semester, but I may revert back to scripted stories like this because I see it provides structure and direction for teachers like me who aren´t natural storytellers. Also, I noticed my energy levels decreasing as the semester went on and I just did not have the creative / spiritual energy needed to create quality stories with the kids.
    Thankfully, winter break is right around the corner and I expect to recharge.

    1. For me the scripts came to life AFTER I got Ben’s questioning sequence of the invisibles. It is the “universal donor” that can be applied to many activities. I kept flopping with the scripts, pqa, tprs circling. With the invisibles you stick to the sequence and launch into NT wonderland.

  3. So great Sean! I have not done a Matava Script for a LONG TIME! Thank you for the inspiration. It was so relaxing to watch you. You are completely at ease and having fun. It reminds me of the joy of teaching adults who are there to attend to the input!

    Anyway, this is exactly what I need. I think I will do this exact story! It’s one of my faves, along with afraid of the package, and lazy!

    Breaking out my script books now!!!

    1. Speaking of teaching adults. Does anyone on this PLC teach adults? I would love to teach adults with the OWI/Invisibles system. It would be so fun to focus on the process and the language and not have to worry at all about classroom management.

      I know of some people who teach adults with TPRS but not with the Invisibles. Perhaps this is something that should be explored…..

      1. I am dying to do this! I used to teach adults but had to give it up when I got this job 3 years ago because it’s sucking every ounce of energy out of me. I may try to do a session this spring because I miss it soooooooo much. It is totally magical to teach people who specifically want to be there! And they even pay you!

        I’ll definitely do invisibles with adults. Heck yeah! How fun!

    2. AND… He Talks Too Much. What I really like about that video is that Sean gives himself permission to digress from the story – he only got through to where the character enters the house, let alone the kitchen, but it didn’t matter. He went where things took him, which is the essence of NT CI. He played around w a little chanting, a little song, a little “red like…” (from TPRS in a Year!). The subtext was, “I’ll do what I want, won’t stress anything, and see where I go, as long as I stay in the target language. The kids want to see a relaxed teacher and that is what we saw here.

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