Targetless Instruction – 3

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  1. Yes, the burden is higher with targets for everyone in the class…kids, teachers, everyone. Laying that burden down is very sweet indeed. And it makes room in your satchel for many other, lighter, nicer things. Creativity, laughing, community, imagination, INTERESTING stories, compelling diversions (Lance still think of that erry day), and language that weaves itself into the unconscious. I think this is a very under-appreciated benefit of targetless instruction. The load is so light mentally, psychically, emotionally. Do we not have ENOUGH to do each day? Yes, yes we do. Just maintaining the attention of 37 7th graders for twenty-five minutes should enough to win me the Emmy of Teaching.
    I love improv and it is like being able to do whatever scene the well-trained ensemble of actors create together versus a theatre game where you are required to repeat a secret phrase over and over so the audience can be amused at how creative the actors are, marvel at their ability to keep that phrase going. Improv can be really raw but the second way (the game) is mainly just for poopies and laughs. If real meaningful theatre came out of it it would be despite the constraints of having to say “the larch” in every sentence.
    OK, Claire, I am waiting on the edge of my seat to learn your assessment ways for nontargeted CI. This writing here is very powerful. You are so good at taking the research and making it simple at the same time that you are pulling out the big guns like Cummins. His name rings none too few bells from my ESOL program twelve years ago…
    I also love that you said “call him after” where did you grow up? Cause that sounds like Macon GA to me.

    1. Close, I’m a Carolina girl, born and raised. If your daughters are hunting for a good woman’s college: Converse College in Spartanburg, SC. This blog focuses on the equity part of TPRS, and nothing indoctrinates women in the mentality that we have to actively seek out intellect in the least appreciated places like a woman’s college. I’m typing this in my heels and pearls with a smug grin thinking “Nobody in my building suspects that cute French teacher is secretly smart.” Shhh. Wink. Smile.

        1. You went to Bob Jones (we called it BJ) University? Robert, how cool are you? I think I have you pinned down, and then you throw me a curve ball like that. Forget Beyonce, I’ve decided you are the new Dos Equis most interesting man. Ever.

          1. Yep. I have my BA in Sacred Music (keyboard proficiency) from BJU, as well as my first MA, also in Sacred Music (conducting proficiency).

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