Mobile CI Classroom

For training to be effective, it should: 1. Provide information about what teachers are supposed to be doing, and 2. Provide teachers as realistic as possible a situation to do it in, while still making the situation safe and “scaffolded” (i.e., they...

What is circling, really?

Bob buys a green car. Does Bob buy a green car? (Yes). Yes, Bob buys a green car. Does Bob buy a horse? (No) That’s right, Bob doesn’t buy a horse. He buys a green car. Does Bob buy or rent a green car? (Buys) Yes, he buys a green car. He doesn’t...

“Hours and hours”?

On another TPRS-focused list, someone recently posted: Terry Waltz, a staunch proponent of what I would call Classical TPRS, has said many times that TPRS takes a lot of practice and has a large skill set to master, and therefore she asserts that new practitioners...

TPRS: The Gateway Method

PQA. La Personal Especial. Comprehensible content-based teaching. One-word images. MovieTalk. Quiz time: what one method encompasses all of them? TPRS. Many people come around to Teaching with Comprehensible Input and want to start with something other than TPRS. They...

Balance bikes forever…?

Balance bikes. The next great thing. Lets little kids — even as young as 18 months — “ride” a bicycle, because there are no pedals and no drive train on the thing. Their feet always touch the floor. Sure, they can’t get going very fast,...

Lights, camera…evaluate!

On an internet forum, in the context of ideas for how people could improve TPRS skills if no workshop was readily available, the suggestion was recently made: I highly recommend watching you-tube videos that teachers have posted of themselves. And who wouldn’t...