Category Archives: Guest bloggers

Enhancing the storytelling experience with actors and props by Cynthia Hitz

  Creating stories with your world language students is a powerful way to help students acquire the language. Having students serve as actors in those stories catapults student engagement and takes the story to another dimension. The student actors bring the story to life, aid comprehension by adding visual details, and help the class to…

Embedded Reading, Part 2: Reasons and ways to use Embedded Reading by Michele Whaley

  The first part of this article shared important features of Embedded Reading. The final version of the text is one that students might not be confident of reading at first glance. The teacher reduces or limits the text to critical elements for the first version. The teacher inserts dialogue, description, and information in manageable…

In-jokes bring us closer by Jim Tripp

In-joke: an esoteric joke that is humorous only to those who are aware of the circumstances behind it; cryptic allusions to shared common ground that act as triggers; only those who have shared the common ground provide an appropriate response. (source: Wikipedia) In-jokes (aka inside jokes) are an incredibly powerful way of bringing us closer to our students, and our students closer…

TPRS in the Elementary Classroom by Niki Tottingham

Rewind to me four years ago sitting in my first Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling® (TPRS) workshop. I was learning about great reading and storytelling techniques but I couldn’t wrap my mind around one thing: how does this work in the elementary classroom? How do I make reading an integral part of my curriculum when…