Spinouts

If you are writing a story down in class on the document camera, write slowly and enjoy the conversation with your students. Ask them side questions. If your students have by now learned how to play what Blaine calls “the game”, they might lie to you, which is your cue to see how far you can take their mistruths.

Involve your storywriter and quiz writer and artists as the new spinout discussion takes on a life of its own. This used to be called making a parallel story in TPRS.

Always keep in mind that your real job is to deliver comprehensible input to your students in interesting ways, not necessarily to “teach the words” or prepare them for tests.

Well, actually just remember that your first job is to protect your own mental health and so writing the text out in class can be a good way to gobble up minutes and there is nothing wrong with that at all, especially when you think about your featherweight paychecks for the work you do.

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