It’s a demo, it’s brand new, it’s me, it’s amazing

Maybe it is.

But generally speaking — it’s very, very easy these days for anyone to post a video or a demo or a tutorial or a whatever, and get very extensive coverage and lots of views and lots of “likes”.

That doesn’t mean that we should not think carefully about a few things.

–Do I believe firmly that my TPRS technique is strong enough to be held up as a demonstration for others to imitate? I strongly urge teachers to watch their own videos critically and not label them “demo” without at a minimum pointing out the things one would not want others to imitate. New teachers can’t tell the difference when they watch that video. Many enthusiastic new-ish teachers can’t tell that what they are doing isn’t demo-worthy yet, either.

–Is what I’m doing really so different and new that it’s something, well, different and new? Is my contribution confusing the issue about what TPRS is or isn’t? Am I really clear on that, before I label what I’m posting “TPRS”? Should I label my video or tutorial as a “CI-based activity” rather than “TPRS”?

–What is my aim in putting up this video or post? Am I trying to share something I’m doing that I believe will benefit others through observation or imitation, or am I trying to build my “brand”, or am I posting just because other teachers are posting and I should, too?

Helping to make sure that things on the Internet that are labeled “TPRS” really represent the best of the method helps the method in the long run. I think it’s well worth thinking about.

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