Classroom Management

FIRST WEEK TO-DO LIST

"Si al comienzo no muestras quién eres, nunca podrás después, cuando quisieres."  "If at first you do not show who you are, you will never be able to afterwards when you want to." From El Conde Lucanor, Cuento XXXV, by Don Juan Manuel (Medieval Castilian writer, 1282-1348). The first week of school is a magical and vitally important time. This is the honeymoon period, those brief few days when it seems like every single one of your students like you, like the class and like each other. Almost every year the honeymoon phase will trick you into thinking you don't [...]

THE AFFECTIVE FILTER (Krashen’s Hypotheses Series, #6 of 9)

(Previous post in this series: The Input Hypothesis) A: The Affective Filter Hypothesis "Learning is filtered through the emotions." Psychological safety is one of the most important factors in a successful team. The classroom is no different. It needs to be a safe space where students are free to take chances. The class must be free of insults, put-downs, judgmental statements and crude language. Even snide remarks, rolling eyes, smirks, mockery, and lack of inclusion can have a negative impact on students’ ability to learn. Establishing behavioral norms and expectations in the classroom and then rigorously enforcing them is crucial [...]

By | 2018-05-15T22:38:42+00:00 May 14th, 2018|Categories: Classroom Management, Krashen, Reading Body Language|1 Comment

Seminar in Seattle

Did a seminar in Seattle this week (the 5th of 5 this month) for the Institute for Educational Development, a division of the Bureau of Education and Research (BER). 62 enthusiastic attendees. Fabulous group! Saw some old friends and made some new ones. Woven throughout every aspect of the day was the crucial need for relationships and empathy. Talked about what works in the world language classroom to make it a place where acquisition happens joyfully and enthusiastically: • How modern Second Language Acquisition (SLA) theory applies to best-practice teaching • The difference between acquisition and learning in world language teaching [...]

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS

Learn strategies that work for sustainable comprehensible-input based teaching with Bryce’s comprehensive one-day seminar: Best, Most Powerful Strategies for Teaching World Languages (Grades 6-12). Bryce will be presenting five seminars across the country this spring: • 4/09/18 (Monday) Buffalo (Amherst), New York • 4/10/18 (Tuesday) Boston (Natick), Massachusetts • 4/30/18 (Monday) Fresno, California • 5/01/18 (Tuesday) Sacramento (Elk Grove), California • 5/02/18 (Wednesday) Seattle (Bellevue), Washington Easy Ways to Register:    Register Online: www.iedseminars.org Phone Toll Free: 1-800-260-8180 Preview the TABLE OF CONTENTS  from the 125 page complimentary book that all seminar attendees will receive, filled with the best trade secrets for [...]

Why Persona Especial Interviews Work: The Way They Want to Be Known

Here is another reason I think the Special Person interviews work so well: they allow students to create the picture of themselves that they want us to see. Interviews let students paint themselves the way they want to be perceived, rather than the way they have been known up till now. When students volunteer information about themselves they have something to live up to and this becomes a building block of community in the classroom. The crucial, hidden storytelling skill that we develop in TPRS is a big part of this: No actor every looks bad in a story. Years [...]

WHAT’S THE PASSWORD?

Get Bryce's new book on classroom passwords here. This project grew out of a short blog post. I was enthusiastic about the results I was getting with passwords with my students and wanted to share what was working with my colleagues. Originally it was just a few examples of passwords that had worked for me and an invitation to share ideas. It could have been written as a blog series, but I just kept adding to the original post. This is the result. As ideas from the original short blog post began to flow comments, questions and suggestions from colleagues [...]