Category Archives: Storytelling

Personalization tips and tricks by Kristy Placido

Personalization is an important part of a CI (comprehensible input) class. Students thrive on hearing about themselves, talking about themselves, and feeling like others care about them (especially if others genuinely DO care about them!). Personalization can also be one of the hardest aspects that a new (or experienced) CI teacher contends with in class. I…

Ignite! Back to School Inspiration for Staying on Track! by Rebecca Moulton

  Rebecca (Becky) Moulton attended the iFLT16 conference in Chattanooga, Tennessee in July 2016 and presented her first Ignite® Talk in which she shared valuable insights for both new and experienced CI teachers. CIPeek invited her to share that presentation with our readers. Becky has adjusted her presentation slightly for our blog format. See more…

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…

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…

The Caveats of Circling by Carol Gaab

Circling is a fundamental skill for most CI teachers and a core strategy developed by TPRS practitioners. Although I am not sure exactly WHO ‘invented’ circling, I know that Blaine Ray, Susie Gross and Karen Rowan are at least a few of the key contributors to its development. Like many great discoveries, I think that…