Reflecting on iFLT and looking forward to NTPRS

There were so many great presenters this year in San Diego. It is amazing to see the way that different teachers use Comprehensible Input to help students reach fluency faster than in traditional classrooms.

I got to spend time in Darcy Pippins class and I loved the brain breaks she gave her students. From the Price is Right to music from Kevin, Karla & la Banda, she kept them from zoning out during that long 2.5 hour class! Her lessons were fun and filled with a variety of ways to get repetitions without getting boring!

I also got to see Joe Dziedzic teach! He has such a way with those little guys! šŸ™‚ They were eating out of the palm of his hand. The greatest moment for me was watching kids with 3 days (yes, 3 days) of Spanish class read a novel in Spanish! Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro by Carol Gaab is an easy read for TPRS students! I think watching them read convinced a lot of teachers in the room that CI is leaps and bounds above a traditional classroom in terms of novices.

Kristy Placido presented the beginners workshop where I was lucky enough to be a coach! She has a real talent for breaking the basics down and not overwhelming new TPRS practitioners with too much information! This group of teachers were so receptive and so excited about trying storytelling for themselves!

Our newest Tweeters from the TweePRS session that we gave are actively tweeting and participating in summer chats! Kristy and I are so happy to have more members of our PLN to share ideas with!

I am posting the slide show from my presentation on backward planning here. I hope that you are able to use it to create lessons that get to the heart of what your students need to know to use their second language both in your class and in the real world!

If you’re coming to NTPRS, I hope to get to see you! Stop by the booth or one of our sessions and say hi!

iFLT 2013 SanDiego

One thought on “Reflecting on iFLT and looking forward to NTPRS

  1. Hi Cari, I agree SD was great. I loved your presentation and I am excited about getting my students hooked on the novel before we even read it. However, I am a new to high school and fairly new to CI and TPRS. I am teaching Spanish III and Honors Spanish. Our school is using El Viaje Perdido and Viva el Toro. Have you used these novels? Would your bull fight unit be a good hook to get the students interested. I would love to hear your thoughts. I think my greatest advantage teaching this year is that I am a native speaker, I have traveled extensively, and I love culture! But I have never taught high school;)

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