We wouldn’t want to fly a plane in a thunderstorm. In the same way, conditions have to be right for us to do intuitive comprehensible input (thin slicing) in our classrooms. How to get the right conditions to thin slice?
If we are comfortable with the kids and the CI process (if we are going slowly enough, repeating questions enough, the kids are sitting with squared shoulders, clear eyes, we aren’t feeling pressure to entertain, etc.), then things are ready for a possible influx of intutive comprehensible input (thin slicing – the good stuff that Skip asked about) into our classrooms.
So the key word is comfort, in my opinion. I want to be comfortable in my work. When I am comfortable, as stated here in various places over the past few days, there is total silence in the room, the skies are clear, the silence is there, and things soften. Funny and increasingly personalized content present themselves in the most unexpected ways – which is the point – creating greater interest in the calm weather of the intuitive classroom.
Comfort. It’s not about control.
(for more on thin slicing: https://benslavic.com/blog/?p=1467)
The Problem with CI
Jeffrey Sachs was asked what the difference between people in Norway and in the U.S. was. He responded that people in Norway are happy and