Steven Ordiano on Scope and Sequence

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    1. Recently, I had a observation during a reading class. When the students and I write up the story using the Matava scripts, we read it with it’s three locations (I just got this about the stories). My principal had mentioned on his observation form that I was doing most of the work. Apparently, he did not catch when I stopped reading and asked a student a parallel question based on the story. It was like our PQA a few days ago. I asked one of my many super star students: “When… you go to the movies…. who pays? (from who pays? script)

      Well the student said “I received a gift card for Christmas to go to the movies”. He said “I pay”…. all in French. An error here and there of course but the message was clear. So I repeated to the whole class. “Class K pays when he goes to the movies” (Ahh…) and I circled for more reps then right back to the reading. This is what I call “spin-off” dialogue. Sorry, I’m long winded.

      1. Doing most of the work. Sigh. Your principal may have children. If so, he will understand what you are doing. When we have a small child help we carry a board from here to there, we realize that the child can only hold so much weight, so we pick up the board toward the middle and and have the child sort of hang onto it. As the child grows older we allow him to carry more and more of the burden. Eventually, he will be able to carry the full weight of the board. But at the beginning we let him carry what he can while we carry what he can’t.

  1. Dinging Ts for ‘doing most of the work’ comes from the emphasis on student-to-student interaction a la Danielson and co. It’s not relevant in our novice classrooms as we are the language input generators/providers, and their ‘throughput’ (T Waltz) is of low/lesser quality (‘McDonalds input’). We must keep re-educating our evaluators on how our domain differs from Social Studies and Physics….It’s not conceptual or conscious we’re after….
    There are articles on it if you need – I know Terry has posted on this on her blog….It’s not just that the Ss can’t bear the burden yet; it’s that they haven’t had enough hours of input to generate the output.

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