These are the quotes I use to motivate students and to justify reading in the classroom to skeptical parents and administrators: READING IS FASTER THAN TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION “Picking up word meanings by reading is 10 times faster than intensive vocabulary instruction.” ―Stephen Krashen (1993). The Power of Reading, p. 15, citing a study by Nagy, Herman and Anderson READING BUILDS BIGGER VOCABULARIES “Less frequent words... may best be learned by reading extensively, because there is just not enough time to learn them all through conscious study.” ―Norbert Schmitt (2000). Vocabulary in Language Teaching, p. 137 READING STORIES [...]
Take advantage of the upcoming interest in La Llorona by teaching your students the real legend in Spanish with this embedded reading: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-embedded-reading A new movie about everyone's favorite scary Mexican legend, La Llorona, is coming to the big screen this spring. The Curse of La Llorona will be in theaters nation-wide beginning on April 19th. This is a feature film produced by James Wan (of Aquaman & The Conjuring fame), about the child-stealing, weeping woman of Mexican folklore. With these new resources, your students will be able to understand, read and even tell the story like never before: https://quizlet.com/STORYLABSlanguage/folders/la-leyenda-de-la-llorona-level-1-read-to-learn-spanish-complete-set/sets?fbclid=IwAR3m3Lo1JwfBFA_anTUm7QOWGhw9LlFzjc5rq6fUUdOM7ENcdE380ExkeMo
Thanks to Kirstin Plante of tprsacademy.com in The Netherlands for translating the Persona Especial posters into Dutch. See the Dutch classroom posters here. Dank u zeer, Kirstin! There are also "Persona Especial" posters in Spanish, French, German, Latin, Japanese, Russian and Hebrew on the brycehedstrom.com "Free Stuff" page: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/free-stuff
So let me get this straight. You are speaking too fast, using words and grammar your students don't know, talking about topics they do not find compelling and about which they have no background knowledge, and rarely checking for comprehension or engagement, but YOU understand it so you call it... Riiiiiiiiiiight.
Engaging students at a personal level is the way to their hearts and minds. Aaron Mendelsohn, a high school teacher in Massachusetts, sent me this note the other day: I just want to share with you that I have gotten A LOT of mileage out of Persona Especial! What a great activity. Thank You! When I asked him to elaborate, he replied with this: Persona Especial has been a success for a number of reasons. I'm gonna start off by sharing what was on my mind when I wrote to you a few days ago: PE is almost a O [...]
“Teachers are losing the education war because our adolescents are distracted by the social world. Naturally, students don’t see it that way. It wasn’t their choice to get endless instruction on topics that don’t seem relevant to them. They desperately want to learn, but what they want to learn about is their social world—how it works and how they can secure a place in it that will maximize their social rewards and minimize the social pain they feel… How do our schools respond to these powerful social motivations? Schools typically take the position that our social urges ought to be [...]