Interactive Understanding

Work In Progress - Modules Coming in February

 
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The Nature of Language

60,000 foot view of the nature of language as it is stored in our brains

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 advocate for the needs of language students with educational decision makers.

 
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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.

 
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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