I was working in my classroom today, looking at my new Spanish novels and checking the new scope and sequence. I have big plans, so I hope I can get this all pulled together. I cannot be the only teacher with this dream. We, meaning teachers in my ESU (Educational Service Unit), are making a concerted effort to increase fluency using comprehensible input.
We all start a new school year with high hopes, but sometimes we get discouraged before Christmas. Let’s make a pact not to give up too soon this time. Fluency is too important, even if we have trouble convincing parents and students of this. I am lucky that I have the freedom to do what I know is right based on research. Many teachers are not so lucky, so I do feel blessed.
I promise not to give up this year, no matter how challenging it gets. My students deserve my best efforts, and I want them to experience that feeling of satisfaction that comes from learning more than they thought they could.