October 12, 2016


imagesWe had Dr. Beniko Mason, Dave Ganahl, and Kristen Wolfe here today!  What a treat.  Dr. Mason demonstrated her story listening approach in my second period French 2 class and then we played the Word Chunk Team Game with some words from the story.  Her approach is not the same as co-creating the story, so there are fewer interruptions to the input.  She is more of a story TELLER not a story asker or story co-creator.  She uses extralinguistic supports in the form of pictures on the board and speaking some English during the input.  She also writes the English on the board and points to it as she says the Japanese.  It was very interesting to listen to a Japanese story and to see the technique demonstrated.  I want to learn more from her.  She inspired me to plan on trying some pure story listening.  It might be an easier way to give CI to the students.  Working with the Invisibles is very fun, it is easier than the old way of doing TPRS, for me, but still, I am LAZY.  Energetic but, really, at the core…LAZIEEEEEE!!

I tried to show the visitors different kinds of  CI.

In French One we told a story using an Invisible – a cute pair of red-handled scissors.  The student actors were so precious!
Part One
Part Two

In Spanish One, Fourth Period, we reviewed the artists’ work from a five-level story we had already told, about two OWI characters.
Part One
Part Two


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About Lanny Ball

For more than 23 years, Lanny has taught, coached, presented, staff developed, and consulted within the exciting and enigmatic world of literacy. With unyielding passion and belief in the possibility of workshop teaching, Lanny has worked to support students, teachers, and school administrators around the country in outgrowing themselves as both writers and readers. Working first as a classroom teacher, then as a coach and TCRWP Staff Developer, Lanny is now a literacy and reading consultant in Northwestern Connecticut. Outside of literacy, he enjoys raising his three ambitious young daughters with his wife, and playing the piano. Find him on this blog, as well as on Twitter @LannyBall. Lanny is also a co-author of a blog dedicated to supporting teachers and coaches that maintain classroom writing workshops, twowritingteachers.org.

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