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NEW BOOK: MEANINGFUL READING COMPREHENSION CHECKS

This book will make your life easier and your teaching more effective. It is a compilation of the best comprehension checks for reading that I have discovered over 30 years of teaching and researching Free Voluntary Reading with my students. Whether you call it FVR, Sustained Silent Reading or Light Reading, when students read on their own magic happens. When it is taught well, self-selected reading is the best way to differentiate instruction and engage students. This book will show you how to do it--even with reluctant readers. With these best trade secrets from expert reading teachers you will be [...]

STUDY: WORLD LANGUAGE TEACHERS DEEPLY DIVIDED ON HOW BEST TO MISINTERPRET KRASHEN’S HYPOTHESES

June 29, 2018 PHILADELPHIA, PA—A new study on classroom practices by world language teachers confirms what many have suspected: the nation’s teachers are more divided than ever on how Dr. Stephen Krashen’s revolutionary hypotheses about language acquisition should be misinterpreted, misunderstood and misapplied to support their own instructional preferences. The study indicates that world language instructors are drifting further apart as proponents of varying practices come to terms with how Krashen’s work should be contorted to fit their own pre-determined teaching style and favorite units. While teachers on all sides of the issue agree that the principles of comprehensible input [...]

By | 2018-06-29T11:58:43+00:00 June 29th, 2018|Categories: Fake News & Satire, Just for Fun, Krashen, Satire|1 Comment

TEACHER FORCED TO RESIGN AFTER REVEALING SHE READS FOR PLEASURE

CAMBRIDGE, MA—In a major scandal, school teacher Désireux Lecteur was forced to resign from her position after confessing to disagreeing with the removal of the school library, according to a statement released Monday. Lecteur’s former school, McKinley-Taft High School in Cambridge, is removing the remaining vestiges of the school's small library to make space for two new classrooms with the latest WiFi connectivity this summer. Cambridge was ironically the home of the first printing press in the USA in 1638. The shocking revelation came after months of rumors, as faculty members claimed they had seen Lecteur reading books, encouraging students [...]

By | 2018-06-06T12:40:20+00:00 June 6th, 2018|Categories: Just for Fun, Reading, Satire|Tags: |0 Comments

SPANISH 3 PASSWORDS: ANSWERS & COMMENTARY

Here are the answers to the Spanish 3 passwords post and some of the thinking behind them. My Spanish 3 students, who are very sharp, mostly said that it was easy to remember these passwords and everything about them. Proud of those kids. For more password ideas, plus cultural/historical context and explanations as to WHY passwords word and especially HOW to use them most effectively, see my book, "What's the Password", published by Teacher's Discovery: https://www.teachersdiscovery.com/product/whats-the-password-spanish-book/spanish   “Little by little one goes far.”                     "Poco a poco se va lejos."   This is the [...]

By | 2018-05-22T14:29:11+00:00 May 22nd, 2018|Categories: Passwords|2 Comments

LEVEL 3 PASSWORDS THIS YEAR

These contraseñas are ones that we have used to enter the class this year. They are well-known Spanish cultural sayings, quotes by famous Spanish speakers, phrases that require a subjunctive, useful idiomatic expressions, or just for fun. Write in  Spanish. (Answers and commentary will be shared in an upcoming blog here.)       “Little by little one goes far.”                     _ I was born the (#) of (month) of the year (#). “Zamora was not won in an hour.”                             What English saying conveys a similar message? I forgot! / It forgot me! It left me. / It went away from me. [...]

By | 2018-05-21T16:30:16+00:00 May 21st, 2018|Categories: Passwords, Uncategorized|0 Comments

LEVEL 1 PASSWORDS THIS YEAR

Using passwords is a joy and a great way to set the tone for each class period, but passwords also yield long-term language results. Last week I  asked the students which passwords they remembered from the entire school year... and as a group, each class remembered them all. Students said them all in Spanish and I compared them to a list I had prepared beforehand from my memory. They remembered ones I had forgotten. I am giving them this slam-dunk test as part of their final exam this week. I expect most students will score in the the 95% range, [...]

By | 2018-05-21T08:35:38+00:00 May 20th, 2018|Categories: Passwords, Starting Class|0 Comments