✔ Rules (DEA & CWB)
✔ Routines (Routines, Student Jobs, Interjections & Rejoinders)
✔ Brain Breaks
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 Card Talk/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.
Beyond that, just think about…