A Bunch of Bunk

A repost from 2008 that fits in with a recent thread here:

There were so many great strategies. There were so many that I couldn’t keep track of them all. It was like a wagon loaded with too many bricks. The bricks at the bottom got lost over time, and the wagon kept getting heavier!

That extra weight led to extra daily planning, to a sense of being weighted down in trying to move on down the road of teaching. With that weight came a concern that I was “missing” something, that there was some special brick that I needed THAT DAY to teach a certain “concept”, but I couldn’t find it.

I forgot that I could only do one thing at a time in my classroom. I forgot that the research says that speaking in L2 in an interesting and meaningful way that my students can understand is the best way to teach a language.

Give me stories. Give me my fine, well-tuned, weekly schedule. No bricks there. No extra weight. Just stories, dictation, reading, music, and all that good TPRS stuff, in a holistic, streamlined form that has made my professional life a heaven, when it was once a hell.

Strategies. What a bunch of bunk.

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9 thoughts on “A Bunch of Bunk”

  1. Yeah Carol I don’t think people realize what they do to themselves, planning all that stuff that doesn’t really work. Like that Latin teacher that John Piazza just told us about a few days ago.

  2. CI/TPRS really does increase the value of me to my school. I was talking with my wife over breakfast the other day about going to Denver for iFLT. She suggested I ask for some money from the school to help out. I realized then that I never ask for more than my salary from my school board. I don’t need materials or new textbooks. My program runs on me and me guiding answers our of my kids. That’s it. And funny how it feels easier now that all the “supplementary” stuff is gone. We’ll see if they can give me something to finance a trip out there this summer, but even if they don’t it doesn’t negate the fact that I deserve it.

    1. Let me know what they say James. You would be a great source of information to the attendees. Both for what you are doing with Latin and for what you are doing with CI in general.

  3. Frequency Dictionary
    Story Scripts
    Bryce’s Jokes Book
    The Natural Approach
    Ben’s essential books

    That’s all I need now.

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