“A century of research shows that traditional grammar lessons—those hours spent diagramming sentences and memorizing parts of speech—don’t help and may even hinder students’ efforts to become better writers. “
Injustice is often cleverly disguised as our own privilege.
Terry Waltz finds this method quite similar to Cold Character Reading, used with students learning to read Chinese characters.
What are ways to keep a entire film interesting to our students, scene after scene after scene?
“Why didn’t I use the sacred red pen? Because student minds retain things that are underlined in red. They retain them …. and reproduce them. Haven’t you ever wondered why students keep making the same mistakes over and over? The mistakes that you have been so carefully underlining in red? “
“It’s time to stop thinking of translation as something shameful that we do only when no one is looking.”
“One way to build trust is by employing the 2×10 strategy: spend 2 minutes talking with a student about anything other than school for 10 consecutive days.” Better than Carrots or Sticks, by Smith, Fisher and Frey
“Children who are habitually criticized, humilated, or shamed internalize negative feelings about themselves that hinder their healthy development. By contrast, children accustomed to loving support and guidance are much more likely to become healthy and productive citizens.”
Bill Van Patten has a weekly radio show, Tea with BVP, in which he discusses second language acquisition and answers
Kids who learn to play soccer, learn many separate skills during the trainings. They also play a lot of games, in order to integrate the separate skills and learn all the complicated integrative skills you need in the interaction with a lot of players and a set of fixed rules.