Classroom Conversations and Banter

STUDENTS INTERVIEW THE STUDENT TEACHER

Yesterday the students in my 7th hour Spanish I class asked if they could interview the student teacher. This was compelling stuff for them. The energy and interest were there and the questions kept coming, so the interview continued for the entire class period. I was very proud of them for speaking in Spanish for about 95% of the time and for keeping the conversation with her going the entire hour. Those doggone kids ruined my beautiful lesson plan by voluntarily speaking spontaneous Spanish with a very fluent speaker for almost an hour! About half of the students in class [...]

SPECIAL PERSON IN JAPANESE

The "Special Person" activity is a way to engage students and really connect with them with real language. The questions are on the website in Spanish and French, and now they are available in Japanese.Thanks to Betsy Paskvan of Anchorage, Alaska for the translation! SPECIAL PERSON QUESTIONS IN JAPANESE

QUESTIONS ABOUT GOOGLE HANGOUT #2

Another question about preteaching vocabulary with the Persona Especial interviews. Steve writes: I heard/saw nearly all of your webinar.  I loved the stuff about personalization. Personalization is the best way to get truly compelling CI and your ideas look like the best way of personalizing I have ever seen. Question: Do you pre-teach the structures? A lot of the questions seem to assume you do. You nearly said that if there is enough comprehensible input, all the structures students are ready to acquire are already there, you don't have to preteach anything. . I do not specifically pre-teach structures with the [...]

RULES FOR LIVING

These are some rules for living (in Spanish and then in English) that I plan on sharing with my Spanish II students next week. We will discuss them and I will encourage them to come up with their own. What would you add or take away? What does your list look like? MIS ONCE REGLAS Y OBSERVACIONES  ¿CUÁLES SON LAS TUYAS? Ser cortés y respetuoso. Leer cada día. No hacer decisiones importantes cuando estás triste, enojado o muy contento No apostar por dinero No tomar préstamos de dinero No confiar en los hombres que usan pantalones blancos Sieres la persona [...]

TEACHER GUIDE FOR LA TORTUGA Y L LIEBRE

I wrote a short TEACHER GUIDE for the LA TORTUGA Y LA LIEBRE story I posted last week, because I wanted to share the process for teaching something like this deeply. This is a fable with staying power. It has had something to say to us over the millennia. It is not just another silly story from class. This fable contains values that I hope my students will absorb--in essence it is the same message as Mindset  by Carol Dweck, and I want to help guide my colleagues into teaching it in such a way as to encourage meaningful class discussions in the [...]

AN ADMINISTRATOR THAT GETS IT

The administrators at my school were all replaced three years ago and I have been working to explain C.I. based teaching to them with frequent visits in the halls, invitations to come observe and forwarded emails.  I recently was observed by our assistant principal and her comments below give me hope that she is getting it.  I have been concerned about how my TPRS teaching would be evaluated with the new rubrics for teachers we have here in Colorado. I am sharing this not to boast, but to give hope and some strategies for those that are under skeptical scrutiny. . It [...]