Growth & Change

QUESTIONS ABOUT TEACHING WITH TPRS/CI

In September I was a guest lecturer in Nyssa Knarvik’s Teaching Methodology for Foreign Language Instruction graduate course at Colorado State University. I talked about Krashen’s hypotheses and gave a demo of a TPRS-style story. I have been invited back in November. Here are some questions the students have about TPRS/CI. These are good questions by a sharp group of graduate students, all of whom are currently teaching. I have some answers in mind, but I am interested in finding out what members of the group are thinking. Please share what you would add or alter in the responses below. [...]

LAWSUIT ON BEHALF OF LANGUAGE STUDENTS MOVES AHEAD

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Federal authorities confirmed yesterday that a nationwide class action lawsuit has been filed to sue school districts across the USA for financial compensation to generations of dissatisfied world language students. If the case is successful, thousands of teachers, administrators and school district officials will be held liable for failing to deliver quality instruction and ordered to pay multiple billions of dollars to students that did not acquire language they could use in the real world. Legal experts believe that school districts may be ordered to pay up to $130,000.57 for each affected student. Lawyers seek to prove beyond a [...]

HOW TO USE “CONEXIONES”

Mike Peto wrote this blog about how he uses "Conexiones" in his classroom--as a break from fiction and to acknowledge the interests of all students. Conexiones by Bryce Hedstrom A collection of short, non-fiction entries that excite a different kind of reader People sometimes ask me how I keep students from getting bored of my schtick creating class stories day after day. The key, of course, is that I am not doing the same thing every day. On some days we create class stories together, some days I tell a fable, some days we discuss the plot of short video clips [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:12-06:00May 7th, 2017|Categories: Geography, Growth & Change, Reading|0 Comments

THEORIES? WE AIN’T GOT NO THEORIES!

“The overwhelming majority of teachers ...are unable to name or describe a theory of learning that underlies what they do in the classroom.” —Alfie Kohn, Punished by Rewards, p. 10 This quote challenges me to evaluate why I am doing what I am doing as I plan and teach. Am I making it up as I go along or can I describe how each of my lessons relates to theories of learning? Certainly teaching is both art and science, but according to Kohn, far too often we fall short in the theory realm. There are tested theories of learning that [...]

By |2018-01-16T12:44:39-07:00March 24th, 2017|Categories: Growth & Change, Satire, SLA Theory, Uncategorized|0 Comments

TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF SO YOU CAN TEACH

In the course of one week, years ago, I heard two wildly different comments. The first comment was from a highly respected colleague that had just built a house with a special alcove in the bedroom where she could sit and grade papers all night. Every. Night. (cue horror movie music). There was a big comfy chair with short tables on either side. In pile and out pile. "Here is where I spend most of my time," she said. She diligently corrected errors each night and handed those red marked papers back to students the next day. Every. Day. The [...]