As you get ready for school and begin thinking about what kinds of questions you will ask to get kids engaged and responding in Persona Especial student interviews, think about using some questions like the ones below. These are some questions that students have said they would like to ask one another when they have been given the opportunity to ask questions on their own to their classmates. All of the sample questions below are in the present perfect, but you could easily adapt them to the present tense for comprehensibility. It is interesting that the hot items tend to cluster [...]
The Ho-Chunk special person poster is now available. Ho-Chunk is a native American language. There are members of the Ho-Chunk nation all over North America, but the nation is centered in Wisconsin. I feel fortunate and honored to have had the opportunity to visit, observe and design a program to teach Ho-Chunk teachers acquisition-based techniques to help them to preserve their language, culture and identity. See the Ho-Chunk Special Person classroom poster here. https://www.brycehedstrom.com/wp-content/uploads/Ho-Chunk-Special-Person.pdf Thanks to Shena Munden, from the Ho-Chunk nation in Wisconsin for the translation.
最后用中文！ The Chinese translation of the Special Person student interview posters are available on the "Free Stuff" page. Download poster #1 (basic questions) here, and poster #2 (preferences) here. Thank you Jian Li, of Dallas, Texas for the translations!
Noah Schilling is a third year Spanish teacher and has been using Special Person interviews with his students for about a year. Here are his observations and reflections: The ¨Special Person Interview¨ activity has been a game-changer in my Spanish classroom. It is such a dynamic activity, that can really be used at any level. As I continue to practice it, the activity is proving to be a classroom culture builder that empowers students and provides comprehensible input in the target language. The interview format mixed with check-ins with the whole class, allows for many repetitions in both the ¨I¨ [...]
Thanks to Kirstin Plante of tprsacademy.com in The Netherlands for translating the Persona Especial posters into Dutch. See the Dutch classroom posters here. Dank u zeer, Kirstin! There are also "Persona Especial" posters in Spanish, French, German, Latin, Japanese, Russian and Hebrew on the brycehedstrom.com "Free Stuff" page: https://www.brycehedstrom.com/free-stuff
Engaging students at a personal level is the way to their hearts and minds. Aaron Mendelsohn, a high school teacher in Massachusetts, sent me this note the other day: I just want to share with you that I have gotten A LOT of mileage out of Persona Especial! What a great activity. Thank You! When I asked him to elaborate, he replied with this: Persona Especial has been a success for a number of reasons. I'm gonna start off by sharing what was on my mind when I wrote to you a few days ago: PE is almost a O [...]