Asking students a series of purposeful questions and follow-up questions supercharges learning. It engages them and drives acquisition of language and complex ideas like nothing else. Plato modeled this technique brilliantly in Socrates’ dialogues. Special Person student interviews are similar to Socratic teaching. It is asking questions with a [...]
See a description of my new reading seminar and find out how to register here. See the rest of of the insightful and stimulating reading quotes in this series here. Just get them reading! See a sample weekly schedule to promote healthy reading here.
LOS ANGELES, CA—One silver lining to the limited auto traffic due to the corona virus quarantine is that skies are clearing and the mountain of evidence for teaching with comprehensible input is now clearly visible. Reduced emissions have revealed the overwhelming piles of research indicating that people acquire language [...]
The main thing that some students learn in a foreign language class is that learning another language is just way too hard for them. They mainly learn that they stink at it. They think that becoming fluent is beyond them and that they will never get it. But they [...]
I have written about using ideas from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" in classroom management before ( read about it here ) so I hope you do think of me as inconsistent or even hypocritical for now promoting "The Art of Peace" by Morihei Ueshiba. The overall message in [...]
This is a unique take on developing a philosophy of teaching. My student teacher had a bad experience at another school in the area before courageously asking to be reassigned. She contrasts what she saw and experienced there with what she has seen and done in this classroom in [...]