Cynthia Hitz from over there at PalmyraSpanish was at #iFLT15 here in MN this past summer. She took some video during my Learning Lab. At iFLT, adult language teacher participants observe master teachers using CI-based techniques and strategies teaching real
I already told you about Jessie’s Visit. Laura Abuhl also came to visit recently all the way from North Dakota! She observed for 2 1/2 days! Laura teaches in a private school with smaller class sizes than I have. She teaches
“Special Person” review activity
We are reviewing “Special Person” details from interviews we have been doing in class. I wanted to share how we went about it today. First I asked students to volunteer information about any of the last five classmates we’ve interviewed. Students
Jessie visited my classroom last week from Janesville, MN. She’s an experienced educator but is pretty new to TCI. I asked if she would share some of her thoughts and observations so that her experience could help other folks at
Belonging Reduces Need for Motivation
A variety of motivational mechanisms predispose us to respond positively to signs that we are accepted by the group (connecting), and it also means that we are motivated to work hard for groups we identify with (harmonizing). – Matthew D.
Rejoinder update – November
At the beginning of the school year I wrote about how I introduced my first rejoinders to the class. By this time of the school year, my students have a variety of ways to respond to different situations, what I
The Secret Password: Can Exclusion Lead to Inclusion?
When I learn about a technique or strategy that promises to be more effective than what I’m already doing, I have to give it a try. This was the case with Michael Peto‘s “¡Béisbol!” technique for helping students recognize cognates,
#ACTFL15 – Sessions I Won’t Miss
I’m very much looking forward to seeing lots of people at ACTFL in San Diego next week. There are a few sessions that I would like to recommend to people who follow my blog. Here are the details of several sessions