✔ Rules (DEA & CWB)
✔ Routines (Routines, Student Jobs, Interjections & Rejoinders)
✔ Brain Breaks
__ Groups, Blogs, Contacts
OK, OK, I could’ve organized this last one into 3 different checklist items like the rest, and changed this whole series to CI Program Checklist: __ of 15, but really…this is one step, and a very simple one. All you have to do is sign up for things. Why? You will need support from a community of people who’ve experienced a lot of what you’re about to experience. There’s always something new YOU bring to the table, so don’t think your voice isn’t important. As with any group, just try not to feed the trolls if you can identify them before you get into something.
LatinBestPractices (LBP) is a Yahoo Group that picked up where the LatinTeach list serve left off. Sometimes I still refer to it as the “LBP list” even though it’s a Yahoo Group, but that just dates me like when I say “I’d like to videotape your class,” etc. The group has taken a clear position on Teaching with CI, and is a safe place to bring up your thoughts and questions. Since LBP gained LatinTeach members with years of various teaching principles, every now and then you’ll find someone resistant to Teaching with CI who causes a minor fuss, but it’s no big deal.
moreTPRS is huge Yahoo Group with a range of participants “in the know,” from the die-hard “pure TPRS” practitioners who appear annoyed that so many people have questions about the method, to people who go beyond TPRS and discuss Teaching with CI in general. I would lurk on that list for a while, and then post when you have something to add or ask. Don’t let people bother you, they’re probably have good intentions.
I recommend setting your Yahoo Group preferences to receive a daily “digest” of all the posts, and read the ones that interest you. I have a slight neurosis of “inbox-zero” that extends to “post-zero,” so I read everything. That’s a personal preference.
Facebook – I’ve joined and left many Facebook groups on teaching languages, and teaching Latin. I cannot recommend any of them because I personally strive to spend less and less time using Facebook, but they’re out there if you’re interested.
I have a list of the blogs that got me into CI over to the right. Newly added is Tea with BvP, which I recommend following and listening to. If you can’t find an hour to listen to the show, I edit them down here.
Ben Slavic’s PLC is about $5 a month. There is a treasure trove of CI resources, and blog posts daily. The people here are innovative, reflective, and extremely supportive. On the PLC, you can find a 32 video Chronicle of how I taught Spanish using CI strategies (without knowing Spanish that well).
I haven’t been snubbed by a single person I’ve reached out to in the language teaching world of CI. Everyone, including big name researchers like Stephen Krashen and Bill VanPatten, have all taken the time to respond to me. Some of the best professional and personal relationships started with an email I’ve sent to a teacher doing something I had a question about. So, don’t hesitate to get in touch with someone directly.