Teacher Tips


By |2024-01-31T18:17:54-07:00January 31st, 2024|

David, a successful veteran teacher relatively new to teaching with C.I. writes: Bryce,  I am frustrated by the fact that I enter every semester with the good intentions of doing CI.  I start, and then I get frustrated as I don't see the results and don't feel skilled enough [...]


By |2023-09-24T21:12:51-06:00May 23rd, 2023|

This was surprising to me. I had never used flashcards as a teacher, thinking the practice was too old school, too random, too decontextualized, and not hearing based. Even though I have used flashcards myself to learn specialized vocabulary quickly for medical mission trips in Mexico and Guatemala, I [...]


By |2022-09-19T06:31:29-06:00September 19th, 2022|

A coaching client asks: How to handle a kid wanting to go to the bathroom/nurse to avoid a game or interactive activity in class? FVR- How do you manage to keep the books organized so that kids can find their books the next time they go to read them? [...]


By |2022-03-13T13:45:35-06:00March 13th, 2022|

Sarah, a Spanish teacher who has been using some of our self-assessment tools for students (such as the Independent Reading Rubric, the Interpersonal Communication Self-Assessment, this Higher Level Thinking Assessment Example, and this Higher Level Thinking Book Report Example) writes: . Hi Bryce, Do you put the self assessment [...]

Start the School Right and Get Students Reading

By |2021-08-11T14:29:44-06:00August 11th, 2021|

This just-published unit can be the first full story of the school year for a Spanish I class. It can be told at the beginning of the second or third week of class, or it can be saved until later. It explains how to get students reading right away. [...]

Reading Quote #37: Stop the Interruptions!

By |2020-11-24T13:34:48-07:00November 28th, 2020|

Once reading has been interrupted, it takes time to re-focus, so maybe we should take some advice from an old rock band: TIME NECESSARY TO REFOCUS AFTER INTERRUPTIONS • 23 Minutes:  Mark, Gloria, The Cost of Interrupted Work https://www.ics.uci.edu/~gmark/chi08-mark.pdf • 15 Minutes:  Vasicek, Brent (2011). Squirrel! Distractions in the [...]


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