Interactive Understanding

Work In Progress - Modules Coming in September
 

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Brainstorming new ideas

The Nature of Language

60,000-foot view of how language gets into the brain.

Purpose

Understand how language is acquired and accessed in the brain.

Success Criteria

  • I can succinctly describe how the nature of language makes it different from other subject areas.

  • I can provide examples of the nature of language.

  • I can describe language acquisition to students.

 
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Principles of Interactive Understanding

Dig deeper into comprehensible input to understand what is really needed for language acquisition to happen in the context of K-12 classrooms.

Purpose

  • Use brain research to empower students and teachers to stay in the target language.

  • Optimize teacher and student moves to get language into the brain for the long-term.

Success Criteria

  • I can identify the 4 principles of interactive understanding.

  • I can explain why each principle is essential to language acquisition.

  • I can list ways to make language understandable for learners.

 
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Strategies and Examples

Explore a menu of interactive understanding activities to streamline planning

Purpose

  • Optimize teacher and student moves to get language into the brain for the long-term.

Success Criteria

  • I can identify 3 activities to use in my classes next week

  • I can evaluate the appropriateness of “interactivities” for my classes