Maybe we could have a list of words?

The joys of floating. I feel like the characters in the Wizard of Oz sometimes. If I only had a room…I’d have word lists all over the place, my question words would be clearly visible to everyone, I’d have my own set of whiteboards even if they were...

They know what they like

It’s way too easy to forget that the kids know perfectly well what they like. Sometimes I feel unprepared to teach stories because I don’t know the top stars or celebrities or characters that enchant the prepubescent mind of the 11-year-olds in my classes....

What we see/what they hear

They’re different. We as teachers have the advantage of seeing “the big picture”. I know what vocabulary is on the curriculum for the year. I know that what we’re doing in class addresses those items. I know that I wanted to spend far more time...

Writing quiz

This is the second  day reading Anna Mei Banfa with the Chinese 1’s, and we also had a visit from our superintendent (I really ought to keep my calendar more organized so I’d realize these folks are going to stop in!) Of course we often have people around...

It’s really simple

All TPRS is is comprehensible input plus endless varied repetition plus personalization. The first one lets the brain understand the language; the second cements it in the brain, and the third gets the kids to “buy in” to listening to all that input. So,...