Books Every Language Teacher Needs to Read

ON USING THE SOCIAL BRAIN IN THE CLASSROOM

“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 [...]

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 [...]

THE TOP 10 BEST-SELLING NOVELS OF ALL TIME

Which of these have you read? I have written guides to reading and teaching two of these best-selling novels in Spanish. One year we listened to Harry Potter y la piedra filosofal in AP Spanish. Every other year for 10 years I taught El alquimista in my Spanish 4 and AP classes. Both were well worth the time. El Alquimista: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-el-alquimista-student-support-and-glossary Harry Potter: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/product/ebook-read-harry-potter-in-spanish            Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra: 500+ million A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 200+ Million The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: 150+ Million The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: [...]

BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #7

Mindset, by Carol Dweck What It’s About: Fixed mindset versus growth mindset. Carl Dweck shows us that no one is doomed by heredity or experience and that everyone can get improve. Too many of us do not believe that at a core level—too many think they are stuck: “That’s just the way I am” is their cry. Dr. Dweck, by focusing on the process and not the product, shows us how to encourage growth and change. 30 years of research indicate she is on to something. Quotable Quotes: “The fixed mindset does not allow people the luxury of becoming. They [...]

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BOOKS EVERY LANGUAGE TEACHER NEEDS TO READ #6

Readicide, by Kelly Gallagher What It’s About: Explains how our teaching habits are killing our students’ desire to read and how we can fix it with better methods. Quotable Quotes: “The most powerful motivator that schools can offer to build lifelong readers is to provide students with time in the school day for free voluntary reading (FVR).” P. 75 “Making sure every student has a book to take home to read is the single most important issue in our quest to develop young readers. If students don’t have books, they will never develop into readers. If students only read in [...]

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