Tripp On NT

Jim Tripp recently wrote a tour de force list of what NT can mean. Non-targeted input can mean:

(1) going in without a plan and winging it.
(2) putting the message before the language.
(3) keeping input comprehensible by sheltering, not targeting.
(4) massed reps over time versus input flood.
(5) in assessment, recognizing that variations will exist in what gets picked up and when by individual students.

My definition is something along the lines of making the message greater in importance to any curricular needs attached to lists like backwards planning for novel lists, high frequency vocabulary lists, thematic unit lists, etc.

I guess it’s all of the above things. However we define it, it works better for some teachers than targets do. To each his own preference….



1 thought on “Tripp On NT”

  1. Alisa Shapiro-Rosenberg

    Not only preference, I think, but different teachers have different levels professional obligations to document what they’re doing. As I’ve said before, all I have to do in that dept is give a common cornerstone assessment that we write. (Though this year for the 1st time with the Illinois PERA law I have to document student progress for 30% of my eval…)

    Diff teachers have differing levels of scrutiny from above vs. leeway and trust.

    This PLC space helps us remember what our driving principles are, what we can/cannot do in our different institutions and environments, when/ if/how to influence our evaluators and colleagues….all in the name of mental health.

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