CI Program Checklist: Summary

**Update 4.26.16 See how the checklist sets up a Sample CI Schedule for the Year**

Classroom MGMT
✔   Rules (DEA & CWB)
✔   Routines (Routines, Student Jobs, Interjections & Rejoinders)
✔   Brain Breaks

Comprehensibility
✔   Inclusion (Safety Nets, Gestures, Question Posters)
✔   Shelter Vocab (Super 7, TPR ppt, and TPR Word Wall)
✔   Unshelter Grammar (TPR Scenes)

Camaraderie
✔   Secrets (Class Password)
✔   Students (People)
✔   Stories (TPRS, MovieTalk, Magic Tricks)

Counting
✔   Reporting (Quick Quizzes)
✔   Showing Growth (Fluency Writes)
✔   Grading (DEA & Proficiency Rubrics)

Community
✔   Groups, Blogs, Contacts (LPB, moreTPRS, Tea with BvP, Ben Slavic)

The CI Program Checklist was organized by a bunch of Cs, but here’s a practical outline of what to do next if using all of my materials. Replace, or drop anything from the Checklist items you’d like, but at least consider the three points under each of The Cs. I’ve provided a suggested sequence of using the PPT presentations once you have a few things printed and set up. This sequence doesn’t take into account any reading, dictation, or other activities you do, so don’t forget about those.

I consider the PPT presentations “anchor” activities. After a few days of CWB, give them a Class Password, then cycle through the anchors in step III. Why? The brain truly craves novelty, and kids will get bored if you try to completely finish using one PPT presentation before moving onto the next. There’s a reason I didn’t include Compellingness as its own category, despite starting with that nifty letter “C.” This is because everything you do needs to be compelling in order for students to acquire the language. Remember, these are supports to help you continue a CI program, but nothing compares to genuine communication. Some of the best, most enjoyable, most effective class days I’ve had were complete departures from whatever resource we were working with. 

Print and post in classroom:
i. DEA
ii. Safety Nets & Yes/No, Question Posters
iii. Super 7
iv. TPR Word Wall
v. Interjections & Rejoinders <– New 8.24.16

Print/have the following on hand:
v. Student Jobs (but assign as needed)
vi. Brain Breaks
vii. Fluency Write paper

Here is ONE POSSIBLE sequence:
I. CWB
II. Tesserae
III.(a) TPR
      (b) Routines
      (c) People
IV.(a) Stories
      (b) TPR Scenes
      (c) Discipulus Illustris
      (d) TPR Word Wall*

Here’s what I did THIS year: **Updated 9.21.16**
1st Day – CWB
2nd Day – TPR, and Tesserae
3rd Day – Story
4th Day – [Read] Story, and Discipulus Illustris
5th Day – CWB (yes, again)
6th Day – TPR (yes, again)
etc.

Instead of treated the activities as things to complete, we spend a little time here and there. I have not used TPR Scenes, Routines, or People, but that is because I am more familiar with teaching with CI. You might want to use those at first.

*Don’t forget about your Word Wall. This comes in handy when you have some extra class time, or those days when you’re just tired.

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2 thoughts on “CI Program Checklist: Summary

  1. Lance, thanks for posting all this. I’ve read and re-read and I can’t tell you how helpful it’s been to me (someone new to the game).

  2. Pingback: Assumptions & Definitions: Establishing Meaning | Magister P.

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