Well we held our second meeting and I guess we are moving toward making it a habit. I think one of the best things about our group has been creating a network of teachers that we can collaborate with. Especially for teachers who are the only language teacher at their school or work with teachers that don’t share the same philosophy. We missed a couple of our members today but we also gain a couple new faces. Ryan, Paul and my own High School Spanish teacher Señora Beus were great additions to our meeting. We specifically talked about circling when using PQA and then searching for the students who give the class some fun and interesting input. This helps us make a transition from doing PQA into a story.
One idea I have is to talk with some students in the class to create some outlandish answers to your PQA. If students don’t know how you want them to participate, many times your conversation will fall flat on it’s face due to the lack of student interest. In our meeting today Paul suggested a interesting / silly answer that caught all of our attention and filled the room with more energy. Teaching by feeling is the key. It is important to feel that energy and use it and follow it and support it when we are teaching. It is very common to feel afraid to do TPRS because we don’t know what to do or say next but if we find students like Paul that will “play the game of TPRS ” with us, we will feel more success and energy to carry on.
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Paul mentioned a book that Ben Slavic had just finished revising that we all should look into. It is called “Stepping Stones To Stories”. This book addresses why jumping right into stories fails us and that there needs to be some front loading and preparation before starting to “Ask a Story” with our students. I plan on getting myself a copy.
I really enjoyed Matty and Ladonna’s participation. They did really well and having these coaching sessions is a great place to practice. We will have some other teachers practice next time and maybe we can get into two small coaching sessions and learn from each other. I feel the best way to get better is by practicing in coaching sessions.
I will follow up on the August meeting with Davis District and get back to you as soon as possible.
Here is a link for the Spanish/English Frequency Dictionary many of you asked for.
Next meeting we will either be replaced with the Davis District Training or we will meet on Wednesday August 6th. I will keep you posted.
Weither we meet in August or September here are a couple topics we will be focusing on.
-More Coaching Sessions (practice circling, PQA, and Transition into a Story) (Bring your own skill you want to practice.)
-Classroom Design and building a reading library
– Other topics of your choice (Please email me for ideas)
Well until next time