Compelling Input

SOCRATIC QUESTIONING & LANGUAGE TEACHING

The main thing that some students learn in a foreign language class is that learning another language is just way too hard for them. They mainly learn that they stink at it. They think that becoming fluent is beyond them and that they will never get it. But they are wrong. All students can learn another language. They can learn if their teachers will skillfully ask series of questions that lead them to fluency. We need to believe in this goal and believe that there are good reasons for it and that there is a process to achieve it. It [...]

READING CHAPTER BOOKS ALOUD

Kindergarten Reading with Big Book & Student Teacher The highlight of the week in my Spanish language classes is usually Kindergarten Reading time. My students enjoy being read to and I enjoy reading to them. It generally happens towards the end of the period on Thursdays. Normally I read picture books to them (big books if I can find them) while they listen, sit on the floor and eat cookies. Here is a list of picture books in Spanish that my students have enjoyed over the years. Some are big books. If you type the ISBN into a [...]

QUESTIONS STUDENTS WANT TO ASK ONE ANOTHER IN INTERVIEWS

These are some of the questions that students said they would like to ask one another using the present perfect. It is interesting that the hot items always cluster around the same themes. Questions about four topics are always winners, and they showed up here. These Top Tier Topics are: • Music • Pets • Sports • Cars All are engaging topics. Kids will have an opinion about them. They will always have something to say about those. But other topics also showed up. These may be considered Second Tier Topics: • Travel • School • Work • Food These [...]

SPECIAL PERSON INTERVIEWS IN TRADITIONAL UPPER LEVEL CLASSES

The Special Person questions are not regulated to lower level classes. They can be adapted to any level. And if you want to target a specific verb form with Special Person questions, you can. With practice you can make natural sounding questions and conversations that lean towards almost any verb form. EXAMPLE:  THE PRESENT PERFECT FORM I wanted to model for a student teacher how students could be interviewed with questions in almost any verb form. It just takes the right set up and then following through with logical questions. The class in this example had not explicitly been taught [...]

LET THEM READ JUNK!

Every class is a multilevel class. Student reading levels are all over the place. When the spread is so wide, how can we possibly reach each student, challenging them in an appropriate way? By letting them read junk. I recently re-read some junk from my misspent youth. And it convinced me (again) that the time reading junk is not misspent. When I was in 8th grade my friend Rex excitedly told me about a book his brother had let him read: Tarzan and The Ant Men by Edgar Rice Burroughs. He loaned the book to me when he was finished [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-07:00January 31st, 2016|Categories: Differentiation, Reading|Tags: , |0 Comments

HOW PERSONAL INTERVIEWS ARE SUPPOSED TO GO

As we dig deeper into personal interviews kids start to reveal more. Students that were reluctant to share are now opening up. We interviewed a sweet but quiet boy in a level one class last week. He was asked the routine questions, but toward the end of the period, a student asked him a question that is on our list but has not been asked often enough. The question was: “How do you help people?” I like that question because it helps students to think outside of themselves. The boy thought for a moment. He was obviously trying to think [...]

By |2017-10-11T13:22:13-07:00November 15th, 2015|Categories: Compelling Input, Persona Especial Activity, Special Person|Tags: |0 Comments