When Jim Wooldridge (Sr. Wooly) asked me to review his new graphic novel, I JUMPED at the chance!! You can't blame me for not resisting a sneak peek of what he calls "...the best story I've ever created in any medium. ", right? So I was over the moon when the book landed in my mailbox.
But does it hold up to the hype? Is it really that good?
Yeah. It is.
A young girl has nightmares about her...la Dentista. And at school the folklore continues as the world remembers the incident...so long ago...well,...
I've heard it said that people can pay attention, typically, one minute for every minute of their age.
My students are 14-18.
I teach on a 90-minute block.
Which means that on average, after about 15 minutes, my students are physically incapable of paying attention. I teach on a 90-minute block. 90/15 = 6.
6 changes in tempo. 6 breaks in the action. This was a daunting number to see. I use a lot of activities in class, I work hard to engage students. I've even considered myself creative from time to time. But to do 6 changes of gear during one class period?
What if what...
In today's edition of thank goodness people are generous, I bring you the best new idea I didn't think of, and basically didn't understand until I saw it in action: Running Dictation.
To give credit where it is due, I have to thank Martina Bex, who got it from Michele Whaley, who got it from Jason Fritze.
What is running dictation? A great activity for my energetic and squirrely freshmen in Spanish 1, although clearly would be great at any level (I can't wait to try this with my 4's next...
In a workshop recently, Mike Coxon said he was told by a professor that the key to success in education was "CASE: Copy And Steal Everything".
Of course, you want to make sure to give credit where it is due and respect other teachers' copyrights and intellectual property. So in this first homage to that philosophy, I bring you the best new thing I've stolen--Strip Bingo.
No. Not THAT kind of strip. Although kids will appreciate that name! It's funny! But be careful if you send a bunch of kids home telling their parents that they played Strip Bingo in class...could...
Among several proficient and reputed experts of TPRS (Teaching Proficiency Through Reading & Storytelling), there has been some discussion about how one defines oneself. There is no shortage of acronyms to go around, of course, but recently there has been a significant number of teachers dropping the TPRS label and instead referring to themselves as CI teachers. CI? No, people are fans of this site enough to have become CI teachers in my honor. In this case, CI stands for Comprehensible Input.
Comprehensible Input isn't a technique. It isn't a method. It isn't even a philosophy.