For 23 years, I taught Russian in an eclectic style. Flashbacks to standing in a Russian post office and not knowing how to ask for a stamp to the US after four years of college Russian made me anxious to help kids use their language. I tried every idea that came my way.
Blaine Ray came to Alaska in the 90’s with TPRS, but I was frustrated that I couldn’t be Blaine. It took me almost a decade to discover that TPRS was the most effective approach I was using. Once I gained confidence in my personal style of TPRS, my students and I flourished. Now that’s the first thing I tell beginners: be yourself!
The next piece is to remember what Anny Ewing says: “To make the most of professional development, there must be ongoing exchange and learning. Without it, only 20% of participants eventually implement what they’ve learned; with ongoing support, 90% will.”
I am honored to work with great teachers, in my district and beyond. I love helping beginners with TPRS, sharing how to use Comprehensible Input to achieve the goals of IB language programs, and improving reader confidence with the Embedded Reading tool that Laurie Clarcq and I have developed. Favorite topics include working with and around textbooks and curriculum and assessment.
This blog is here to share what goes on in my classroom and my head and ask others to do the same. Together we can inspire and support Comprehensible Input methods of teaching world languages.
I am available for summer workshops and conferences. I would be delighted to help you with any aspect of your work with CI and TPRS.