I went to that conference, and was certain that I could use the materials from my cooperative lesson-writing group in Russian 1. Yes I can, and no, I can’t. I can teach them those words. But guess what…I don’t teach thematically any more. It’s really hard to tell a story with five or six “summer activities.” The activities kids like to do will come up, but doing “activities” as a theme is boring. The next problem is that writing a text in committee does not yield a text my kids want to read. We can do the little activities on line that I have created, but they are actually a waste of time. If the kids know the vocabulary, they don’t need to practice it. If they don’t know the vocabulary, they are not going to learn it by practicing it. I can give them reading practice by putting the readings on line, but it is not really useful reading practice, I fear. It is suddenly even more clear to me that my pre-TPRS teaching did not work. I sure hope some teachers who come to our in-between-times coaching meeting tomorrow will be willing to turn this over in their heads with me.