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ON TEACHING READING & LEARNING TO READ

“That is how learning to read begins—first people read to you, then they read with you, and finally they give up because you have taken control of your own reading and don’t want anyone else to interfere. Usually it happens remarkably quickly, so smoothly that it is rarely noticed. Of course, you don’t learn to read all at once. You learn one word at a time—and no one can predict each successive word that you learn will be. It’s not easy to learn new words from word lists, where there is no meaningful context. But new words are learned with [...]

ON THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP SIGNALS

“It is amazing how easy it is to influence people’s behavior using these friendship tools [the eyebrow flash, the authentic smile and the head tilt]. Alone or in combination, they allow you to make people feel better about themselves and, in turn, encourage them to make you feel better as well. When you employ the Golden Rule of Friendship, it encourages reciprocity: ‘If you make me happy, I want to make you happy.’”  p. 90-91 The Like Switch: An Ex-FBI Agent’s Guide to Influencing, Attracting, and Winning People Over, by Jack Schafer, Ph.D.

ON THE POWER OF USING SUBTLE, APPROPRIATE TOUCH TO CONNECT

“Touch seems to be such an important tool for enhancing social cooperation and affiliation that we have evolved a special physical route along which those subliminal feelings of social connection travel from skin to brain. That is, scientists have discovered a particular kind of nerve fiber in people’s skin—especially in the face and arms—that appears to have developed specifically to transmit the pleasantness of social touch… they are connected directly to the areas of the brain such as the insular cortex, which is associated with emotion.” p. 137 Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rues Your Behavior, by Leonard Mlodinow

By |2018-10-25T13:04:01+00:00October 26th, 2018|Categories: Passwords, Quote of the Day|0 Comments

ON THE POWER OF HIGH-FREQUENCY VOCABULARY

“… the most frequent words account for 85 percent of speech.”  p. viii “Given that verbs typically account for 20 percent of all words in a language, this [focusing on just the most frequent verbs] may be a good strategy. Also, a focus on function words may be equally rewarding – 60 percent of speech in English is composed of a mere 50 function words.”  p. viii “…verbs are in general more common in conversation, which tends to express feelings and opinions more than presenting information about objects and processes.”  p. 148 A Frequency Dictionary of Spanish: Core Vocabulary for [...]

By |2018-10-25T12:51:57+00:00October 25th, 2018|Categories: High Frequency Vocabulary, Quote of the Day|0 Comments

BER Seminars in December

I will be presenting seminars for the Bureau of Education and Research (www.ber.org) starting in December. BER is the leading provider of professional development and PD training resources for educators in North America. You have undoubtedly seen their maroon colored brochures for other excellent seminars in your school mail box over the years. Learn the best strategies that work for sustainable comprehensible-input based world language teaching in these comprehensive one-day seminars that are planned across the USA this upcoming school year. Read the seminar brochure here.    Attendees at the seminars I did in the spring said: "I loved, loved, loved getting [...]

By |2018-08-30T17:53:00+00:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: BER, How It Works, Motivation, Workshops|2 Comments

LOCAL TEACHER BOOSTS HOMEWORK LOAD IN BID FOR TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Local teacher Anne Dur has a plan. Last year she was a finalist for national teacher of the year and missed receiving that honor by just a few points. This year she is determined to get it. This year she thinks she knows what to do. Dur has upped the homework requirement in her French classes to what some might call an excessive amount of time. “Last year I missed it because the kids didn’t score high enough on the national exams. That’s not going to happen again this year. Non monsieur,” said Dur. Students and parents were shocked to [...]