Encouragement

¡Hola, amigos! Please tune in over at the brycehedstrom.com Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/BryceHedstrom/) at 1:00 pm Pacific time on Monday for another Facebook Live event. There has been a lot of interest in our Storylabs app and the FREE online products, so we are scheduling another session to show you how to use them. Readings and activities for level 1 and level 2-3 will be demonstrated. Those that have signed up will be sent an invitation via email for a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 1:00 pm, Pacific to address your specific concerns. See you then!

COMPELLING COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT

Hope is on the way. Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/BryceHedstrom/  for a Facebook Live event Tuesday at 1:00 pm Pacific time, where we will give you links to FREE materials, activities and assessments for your Spanish students to make teaching easier for you and more engaging for your students. Short stories and articles that are engaging and cultural... and that your students will want to do. All in one place. All organized. Always getting better.

By |2020-03-16T22:17:09-06:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Encouragement, Planning, Reading, Stories, Teacher Tips, Teacher Training|Tags: |2 Comments

AIN’T NO SHAME IN READING FICTION

At a neighborhood barbecue the other night I struck up a conversation with a couple of intelligent young professionals. The conversation eventually turned to reading and I asked them what books they had been reading lately. They both sheepishly confessed to reading fiction. I assured them that there was no shame in reading fiction. It’s not as if fiction were a second-class citizen of the reading world. In fact, the case for fiction is strong. I gave them my best short answer: “Fiction readers know more, understand more and feel more,” but of course, after dwelling on it for a [...]

By |2019-04-19T21:47:17-06:00April 19th, 2019|Categories: Encouragement, Fiction, Reading|0 Comments

MY FAVORITE READING QUOTES (with sources)

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 [...]

By |2019-01-15T20:57:44-07:00January 15th, 2019|Categories: Books, C.I. Skeptics, Encouragement, Krashen, Light Reading, Reading|0 Comments

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.