James teaches Latin in the Kansas City area and has been a most important member of our group for some time now. I certainly don’t need to say that, though, to anyone who reads here regularly. He is a powerhouse, teaching eight classes a day and should be Teacher of the Month for that reason if for no other.
James’ vision of this demanding work we do has a quality and depth in it that in my experience is extremely rare. I don’t really know how to describe it here and anything I would say about James’ vision of and work with comprehensible input would not be sufficient to describe what I feel he really does.
At no risk of hyperbole, I think that James is a prodigy in this work (and we have more prodigies here in this group than we may think). Why do I say that he is a CI prodigy? Where do I begin?
First, James’ overall work and instruction seem to be infused with great kindness and patience. Secondly, James has a no-nonsense edge to his focus on CI. Third, like so many of the other Latin Kings in our group, James’ scholarship, his knowledge of his field, is clearly true and deep.
When it comes to designing instruction that brooks no compromise, James totally gets it. He sees the method. He is fearless and honest. James is a young master of CI whose career will benefit countless people. If you want proof, go add reading his blog (link below) to your daily self-education on CI and you will see why I say that.
This month’s Teacher of the Month sets the CI bar just about as high as it can be set. Thanks James for being yourself, for being a great teacher and a great leader even though you just started with this work a few years ago. Your contributions here keep the level of discussion where we all want it to be.