Valentine’s Day (Tripp) – Spanish – Jim Tripp

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4 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day (Tripp) – Spanish – Jim Tripp”

  1. So cute AND full of useful Spanish! They must have been super proud of themselves after this! I can imagine how much fun this must have been for everyone in your class–including you!

    Reading this makes me think of the kinds of things those kids said in the Diana Noonan interview video posted here a few days ago (I hope everyone takes time to view it.) and the way their eyes lit up as they tried to explain the “unexplainable”–the fun, the creativity, the rigorous attention and the unconscious acquisition that takes place over time in a good CI class.

    What we understand (that traditional teachers do not) is that Jim has just begun. He is under NO illusions that all of the structures/language in this story have been acquired by all of his students. They’ve just begun to get that beautiful “toehold” in the language. More compelling, personalized stories–which will repeat these structures a million more times–will grow the amazing neural pathways and connections invisibly and perfectly in the students’ brains over time.

    I was so struck by the students’ “knowing” how long it really takes for language to “fall out of their mouths”. They didn’t seem to find it odd at all that it could take a year and a half of a high schooler’s life for this to happen. They don’t understand that this process is longer for younger students–which they were in middle school, but I’ll give them a break on that one. 🙂

    Thanks for posting this excellent example.

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