Monthly Archives: February 2016

Comprehensible Clouds by Martina Bex

Word Clouds are everywhere. We see them in advertising, on merchandise, blog sidebar widgets, and—of course—instructional materials shared by teachers. Word clouds are a method of representing data in a visual way: specifically, the words contained within any given text and their frequency. The bigger the words appear, the more they are used in the…

WINNER of the Flat Brandon Contest!

We had so many awesome creative entries for the #flatbrandoncipeek contest! Our TPRS Publishing team of judges included: President Carol Gaab, Vice President Patrick “Pato” Gaab, Carrie Toth, Martina Bex, Teri Wiechart, and Kristy Placido. After much deliberation, we selected the following photo as our WINNER!   Congratulations to @Profe_Taylor! Please DM @placido for information on…

Robo en la noche…..third time is a charm!

This is the third time that my fabulous colleague, Megan Matthews, and I are teaching Robo en la noche by Kristy Placido. The first time was two years ago and we rushed through it in the final weeks of school, relying heavily on the terrific resources from Cynthia Hitz.  The second time was last year…

Getting buy-in for a novel: Esperanza by Rebecca Moulton

Recently the topic of novel selection and usage in a particular class level has come up in several forums including CI Peek and the iFLT/NTPRS/CI Teaching Facebook page. I’d like to join the discussion by sharing my recent experience during which there was a slight hiccup that became a perfect segue for student “buy in”…

iFLT 2016 Conference in Chattanooga

  The International Forum on Language Teaching is a grassroots organization inspired by Dr. Stephen Krashen and dedicated to the study and development of best practices for effective language instruction. Conference Venue : Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences 865 East Third Street Chattanooga TN Call for proposals: Submit a 150-word summary of session…

What to do when a novel is failing

Recently there was a post on the iFLT/ NTPRS/ CI Teaching Facebook page (join us there if you are not already a member! Great discussion!) on the topic of “failing novels.” The scenario was…a teacher is 2/3 of the way through a novel with his students. They seem bored, and some of them seem to be not understanding. He…