A colleague writes: “I've really been struggling with my ADHD kids who not only aren't getting the input they need but are distracting other students AND me. 98% of my class is smiling/laughing/engaged... so I don't think it's a problem with the compelling aspect... and I can't get my ADHD students to pay attention long enough to give them more repetitions... and I don't think there is any way to make it more comprehensible... articles... advice?” These three key practices will help with your ADHD students: 1) Let them get up and get moving. Anticipate their energy. Say that any [...]
These are the results of Special Person Quiz #2, the second full week of school. This week we interviewed just three students. Since the verb "tiene" (has) had been added there were many more opportunities for questions, answers, comments, clarifications and follow up than with the meager vocabulary student had last week. Students were to write at least 15 sentences with no notes, and I told them not to hold themselves back. They were to "show what they know" and impress me by writing as many sentences based on what had been shared in class by the three interviewees. Students [...]
EVANSTON, IL—City social services personnel have rescued three children that had been seen playing outside this summer. The three children, boys ages 11, 9 and 7, had been observed playing outdoors almost every day for the last two months. Concerned neighbors knew they had to do something. “We couldn’t just sit by and watch them wasting their childhood like that when they should be inside like normal youngsters,” said neighbor Doris Cravitz. “They have been climbing trees, playing stick ball, and chasing each other around all summer long. It’s not natural. No other children around here do that. I can't [...]
Ahem... er... well... Nope. They want to learn and they will read if we encourage and equip them. This is the book check out list from our classroom library for the second full week of school. 23 books checked out so far. Most of these kids are level 1 Spanish students with no exposure to the language before this school year. They have learned many of the high frequency verbs that are in the novels with classical TPR so far and we have done 8 "Persona Especial" interviews, but that's about it, besides three useful "Passwords". They have had four [...]
"And Then There Were None: Surviving Foreign Language Study" Here is my go-to article when someone brings up Rosetta Stone. It is a study reviewed in the Backseat Linguist blog. 150 government workers were offered Rosetta Stone. Only one (1) completed the training. In order to stick teaching must be comprehensible, interesting and repeated. All three elements must be involved. Too many of these on-line programs do not have all of these elements and the results are shameful. We live teachers do not do much better, so we have very little to brag about.
Yes. This is the book check out form for the first three full days of school. Eight students have asked to check out books and take them home to read. Most of the students are from level 1 classes. Mighty proud of these kids. Here's how it happens: 1) Books. There is a large and wide selection of reading materials available that are within the range of even beginning learners. 2) Vocabulary. Students have picked up several high frequency verbs from the classic TPR and Special Person interviews we have already done in class. They are excited and feel empowered. [...]