I watched a bunch of Scott’s classroom videos on Friday afternoon. If you take one of his webinars, you might get access to his vimeo site (go for the Kindergarten Day webinar if you’re curious). There are five or six two-minute videos that demonstrate different aspects of TPRS, including one where he’s speaking German to demonstrate how to stay in the target language the first day of school.
Having watched these, the first thing I can say is that a classroom observation is worth a thousand blog posts. I am definitely going to get out and observe some of my colleagues this spring. Two are coming to my room this week. Hope they see something interesting!
The second thing is that I want to work on my basics again. Go slowly, point and pause, get solid responses. Watching Scott, I see how those work to enliven the class. I also liked his version of contrastive grammar while the class was reading. He really hammered the grammar point hard, but he didn’t expect kids to know it on the fifth or sixth repetition. He kept asking the same question as he hit a plural form over the course of a two-page reading. Repetition got him answers from the whole class.
The last piece for me is now a certain amount of document-projector envy. I want one of those!