Star Sequence Option

Those who, like me, think that the Star Sequence provides the truest overall curricular form to NTCI might enjoy this suggestion from Alisa:
Here is an optional modification to The Star Sequence:
Add a 6th point that includes:
(1) Small Talk
(2) Classroom banter
(3) Card Talk
(4) National Day
and other beginning of class or connecting /transition talk that may or may not ‘activate’ some of the language in use for whatever is going on [to prepare the story].
The reason I think it’s so important is that it helps us get to know our students and they, us.
For example, my students recently did an OWI-to-story about a big chili pepper named Picante. He is nervous because the evil chef, Señora Shapiro, has his girlfriend, Pepper, in her hands, about to make a salsa.
I used some off-topic banter to tell the students that this was an especially funny detail, because I don’t really do the cooking at my house! (my husband does)… I would not be found in my kitchen preparing salsa – rather maybe grocery shopping, cleaning, or tasting for him…
Anyway that banter (mostly) in the TL allowed them to appreciate the extra humor of having me as the evil chef…



5 thoughts on “Star Sequence Option”

    1. National Day is when you let the students know that it is national ____ day. There is a site linked here about National Pizza day etc…

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