Today on the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching Professional Learning Network, Kim Pate from Alabama shared one of her successes. Kim teaches in the Tuscaloosa City School District. She teaches Spanish 1 primarily to 9th graders in the Freshmen Academy at Northridge High School.
I’m reposting her comment here for wider distribution.
It has to be understood that what Kim is seeing in her classroom is not an anomaly.
Alabama Update: Yesterday, a professor of literacy from the University of Alabama visited my classroom. I discussed with her the “phenomena” occurring in my Spanish classroom every year:
Children who have IEPs and are identified as “slow” and unable to read English are learning to read in Spanish and write stories in Spanish because of CI/TPRS. They can also read chapter books and tests that are written in Spanish.
I started teaching Spanish to this group of students on January 6. We are already reading Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro and are on Chapter 8.
My question to her: “Are these children really unable to learn to read and write in English?”
Her response, “I gotta get some folks from the University to come over here to see this.”
To the CI/TPRS family: “I think we’re going to need a bigger boat.”
Way to go, Kim!