For the last few years, I have struggled with final exams for my middle school students. I don’t teach to facts, I teach for acquisition (which you can read all about here and here). As a result, my exams need to show what students have acquired. This poses a challenge because I can’t just write… Read More Final Presentational Writing Activities
I have been using brain breaks in my classroom a lot this year, mostly to move kids around in my classroom and to get their wiggles out. I have been trying out all kinds of things for them to do: Simon Says – It’s always fun to do quick round of my favorite game in… Read More Brain Breaks and The Story Circle – A Fun Twist on Class Stories
Since I attended the SCOLT conference, I have begun to implement a lot of new ideas into my daily teaching. Some of these things are a bit outside the TPRS mainstream, but I think that even if it isn’t “TPRS approved,” there can still be value. Specifically, I am talking about “forcing” student output. I… Read More Encouraging Student Interactions in Class
They Figured it Out The kids now know the formula for my stories. They have heard and read enough stories by now that they can predict what will happen in each story. On top of the predictions, I talked with them a few weeks ago about why the stories are all so similar. This helped… Read More New Beginnings for Old Stories
This is the third part of a 3 part answer to a question that was sent to me by an elementary school teacher about using storytelling in the early elementary grades. Part 1 was about pre-story activities: How do I get students ready for a new story? What kinds of activities do we do to make all of… Read More Storytelling in Practice #3: I’ve finished the story. Now what?
TPRS/Story asking in early elementary This is the second part of a 3 part answer to a question that was sent to me by an elementary school teacher about using storytelling in the early elementary grades. Part 1 was about pre-story activities: How do I get students ready for a new story? What kinds of activities do… Read More Storytelling in Practice #2: The next step is to just tell the story, right? Wrong.
TPRS/Story asking in early elementary I got an email recently from a teacher who was using one of my stories (Roberto no tiene papas fritas). The teacher pointed out that this post has a breakdown of how I tell the story over several days, which is helpful for a teacher who is new to TPRS, but… Read More Storytelling in Practice #1: What do you do before you start a story in early elementary?