Teacher Tips

WHAT’S WORKING

By |2024-05-01T19:07:57-06:00March 30th, 2024|

THIS IS ABOUT LATIN CLASS BUT THE ACTIVITIES AND IDEAS APPLY TO ALL WORLD LANGUAGES Last year my daughter started a classical school in Denver and asked me to teach Latin. I didn't know Latin, but I took up the challenge and decided to learn and teach it the [...]

SPECIAL PERSON INTERVIEWS QUESTIONS

By |2024-04-29T13:07:08-06:00March 8th, 2024|

Jonny, a Mandarin teacher who saw my recent presentation on Special Person Interviews, had some questions about the process. We've had a conversation about it and here are the results. Before answering Jonny's questions, I need to make this crucial point: Follow-up questions are the most important part of [...]

FRUSTRATIONS WITH COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT

By |2024-01-31T18:17:54-07:00January 31st, 2024|

David, a successful veteran teacher relatively new to teaching with C.I. writes: Bryce,  I am frustrated by the fact that I enter every semester with the good intentions of doing CI.  I start, and then I get frustrated as I don't see the results and don't feel skilled enough [...]

FLASHCARDS (?) FOR VOCABULARY

By |2023-09-24T21:12:51-06:00May 23rd, 2023|

This was surprising to me. I had never used flashcards as a teacher, thinking the practice was too old school, too random, too decontextualized, and not hearing based. Even though I have used flashcards myself to learn specialized vocabulary quickly for medical mission trips in Mexico and Guatemala, I [...]

EVERYBODY DEALS WITH THESE ISSUES…

By |2022-09-19T06:31:29-06:00September 19th, 2022|

A coaching client asks: How to handle a kid wanting to go to the bathroom/nurse to avoid a game or interactive activity in class? FVR- How do you manage to keep the books organized so that kids can find their books the next time they go to read them? [...]

ON STUDENT SELF-ASSESSMENT

By |2022-03-13T13:45:35-06:00March 13th, 2022|

Sarah, a Spanish teacher who has been using some of our self-assessment tools for students (such as the Independent Reading Rubric, the Interpersonal Communication Self-Assessment, this Higher Level Thinking Assessment Example, and this Higher Level Thinking Book Report Example) writes: . Hi Bryce, Do you put the self assessment [...]

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