Report from the Field – Meg Prossnitz

Hi Ben!

Thanks to your putting me in touch with Alisa Shapiro, I got to see her classroom in action recently and returned again for a TCI Chicagoland meeting this Saturday. There was an AWESOME demo of story listening by Sean Lawler that I can’t wait to try out tomorrow in class. I also have to share what was a really special and confidence soaring moment for me—we were discussing Special Person interviews, and my colleague said “Go ahead and demo!” I pulled up my slideshow and did a 5 minute demo in English where we spun out lots of great questions—my interviewee said she liked to sing in the shower, I asked her to show the class, she said she liked to play accordion in the shower, I asked the class if she was very talented/if this was dangerous. Afterwards, the very talented educators who have changed Winnetka’s district to solely TCI told me I did a great job and asked great follow up questions—and asked if I could share my slideshow!

In my 2nd year teaching I’m so grateful to feel a sense of mastery and enjoy my profession so much. There’s nothing like going to something like this and coming back to school next week with low-prep, low-stress, awesome methods that will get my students interacting with the target language. Thanks for all you do!

Best,

Meg

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3 thoughts on “Report from the Field – Meg Prossnitz”

  1. Thank you so much for stepping up and presenting for us in Chicago, Meg! Your energy is contagious. Sounds like you’re surfing that CI wave. It’s the long-board style I’m feeling these days, myself.

    1. Long board surfing. Remember the photos of those old surfers from way back standing on the beach with boards twice as high as their heads? That is the way in which Blaine Ray originally invented this work. Then the shorter boards designed to negotiate sharp turns and such on the waves happened. I agree with the image Sean. We’ve had a lot of metaphors here over the years, and some wild ones, but doing CI like the old long board surfers used to surf is definitely one of the better ones.

    2. I had this vague recollection that the long board surfing image was one tossed around here a few years ago. I was right!

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