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Reading for detail

A few weeks ago I read a blog post about a storyboard extension activity, and when I decided to use it this week in class I couldn't find the blog post and had to go off of what I could... Continue Reading →

Dictation/translation and “story strips”

On Tuesday the 7th graders made a character (See A Natural Approach to Stories). They couldn't decide on the character's color so they decided that it would change color depending on its emotion. Matching feelings and colors made for interesting... Continue Reading →

CI and FVR baby steps

Today I post a long intro about why I'm uncomfortable with the term CI and about my experience trying out FVR, but before that I want to share a few pictures of the beautiful organization that some parent and student... Continue Reading →

Literacy Strategies

Even though it's the end of the school year, it's worth noting literacy strategies that are new to me and that I'd like to use next school year. Here's my plan to use three literacy strategies that are either new... Continue Reading →

Active Input

For almost the past ten years I've found┬ástories to┬ábe a fun and effective technique for teaching and learning language, but one aspect of it that I've struggled to reconcile is the teacher-centeredness of the technique. Even with students making suggestions... Continue Reading →

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