Growth & Change

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 [...]

FREE READING SUCCESS

This is the book checkout form for my Spanish classes for the first full week of school. Students are checking out books because they want to read them on their own at home. They get little to no credit for this--just the pleasure of reading a good book and my respect. I tell them over and over and in many different ways that this is different from most of the other reading they are asked to do in school. This is reading for pleasure. Reading for fun. Reading because you want to. For this kind of reading they need to [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-06:00August 26th, 2016|Categories: Books, Growth & Change, Light Reading, Reading|0 Comments