This was a comment from Sylvia that got held in the queue because of what Robert figured out about the url’s. I tried to fix that but it won’t let me. But, I wanted to make sure we got a chance to read it so I posted it here:
Ben, interesting point about teaching to the eyes. When I’m teaching, I will stop if I notice that a student is not looking at me. This does require an inordinate amount of patience especially teaching 7-8 year old boys who really are quite distractable! The following video clip demonstrates this (and also how important it is to talk slowly, as you mentioned.) This clip was taken on Day 6 of the school year. Most of these students have never had any French before since our school starts in grade 3 and French is not mandated in our province until grade 4.
The class is quite low-energy as they are just learning how to speak French and getting used to French class and my expectations.
Contrast this to my latest blog entry where the boys have a lot more energy (Day 72)!
Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could