Carrie Toth shares her journey from frustration to a-ha as she discovered teaching with Comprehensible Input! This post is a must-read for anyone experiencing the January doldrums!
If you are, I’d say you’re standing on the same cliff edge that I stood on in 2006! I was frustrated by my scores on my first attempt at National Board Certification, I was saddened by apathy about language learning and homework. I was heartbroken that in spite of my best efforts the students were not using language after high school (the vast majority). I was down that they were great at quizzes but terrible at any type of interpersonal interaction. I felt like I was 12 years into a career that didn’t feel like fun! So I jumped off.
If you’re feeling brave, let me tell you about the results first: (We are a school of 365 students with 1.5 Spanish teachers, average size of graduating class 80, average class size 20)
- current retention rate appx. 65% across the four year program (55 level 1 to 36 level 4)
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