Slow works

Proof that slow works: 1. Out of 22 students in one class, 20 got 100% on the last listening quiz; the other two missed one question. 2. When I paused after using one of the new words from yesterday, they looked at me like I was nuts and gave me the “for...

Letting go

TPRS teachers shelter vocabulary, for the best of reasons, but we do think of the mental “list” of what a particular class has had or has not had. And most “traditional” teachers like to “know” what the kids “have had”...

Counterintuitive

When the classes are dead, exhausted, giving that leaden stare, the tendency is to try to push them, insert some energy, or otherwise jar them into looking alive.  But it just doesn’t work. However counterintuitive it is, slowing down is what does the trick....

Input vs. communicative

First day back at school after the break. The usual question: What did you do over vacation? Only one TPRS-taught kid out of 50 said “Nothing.” Four or five traditionally-taught kids out of forty said “Nothing.” Weird that a method that...