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I almost rolled on the floor laughing when grammar man came out. I feel your pain! Love the red letter idea. Love how you worked in some elegant French. I am emboldened to turn the laser pointer over to a kid. Creation of classroom community and buy-in – superb job. One of the problems I see at school is that in an order to have everything neat and tidy, the admin does everything for the kids – they aren’t involved in stuff that normally binds a school community – like decorating for the prom, choosing the venue and the menu for the prom,painting the sets for the play, or planning the liturgy. If a kid is on a sports team, they can develop camaraderie, but sports teams have become serious business and not everybody gets to play – we have kids actually leave because of it. All of that conspires to create an atmosphere that is kind of sterile – everyone is on their electronic device and there is no esprit de corps. It just hit me the other day when my colleagues and I were talking about this why jobs in the classroom are SO powerful. It pulls everyone together. Great video series, Ben.
Thanks chill it genuinely means a lot to me coming from you. Now if I could just have the camera set up when the homerun classes happen but that ain’t gonna happen. Sabrina sent me some excellent video and I am trying to talk her into letting me share it here. I think she will agree. Sabrina is one who gets that we have to put ourselves out there just to help others and as I say we have to leave our egos at the door sometimes to do that. Like Kristin is in Calgary. How is she going to see CI modeled? So we do it for that reason. And do you know how many people look at my videos? 50. I counted. So we’ve got a good safe thing going here. And most don’t make it all the way through my vids. I think like 5 people have watched the one you are talking about all the way through. I’m not sure I could watch an entire video of another teacher. Right? I mean in the real world as we live in it right now with no time to do anything lasting more than five minutes bc of all the pressures we experience all day. Plus, the PLC being private, few can even see them. I made them private on YouTube also so only PLC members can see them. ALL of my vids except for the one I did for Columbine HS – the fish OWI – are private. So give me a few days on getting what Sabrina has done on the blog here. You’re going to like her work. Really, it’s sharp and wonderful and lighthearted and just really really good. I like her style much better than Blaine’s. I would like to have her style and technique. Maybe it’s bc she’s French. I am a French wannabe. Sigh.
In the middle of February with March staring us in the face, I think the PLC is in a good place. Sabrina’s contributions are amazing. Ma reaction fut “fantastique”!!
Ben, I can’t thank you enough for putting up those videos. No matter how many hours I sit in a TCI workshop, nothing compares to watching the real thing. This is, once again, such an important reminder to go slow and deep. Lately, I feel that I have been rushing through the reading parts of the stories because I think that the kids get it. But they really don’t. Maybe they think they do as well, but only for the moment. I need to give them the chance to have it sink in much deeper. That’s what it always comes down to – SLOW. Now on to Sabrina’s demo – so excited!
Sabrina mixes humor, kindness and SLOW, seasoned with just the right amount of heartfelt laughter, to create a recipe for the perfect CI brew for the kids. They are in there lapping it all up. Anytime you can get Randy Savage to look across a restaurant the way the actor did in the second video, you’re serving the proper CI beverage. I think Sabrina should do some coaching this summer.
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