“Special” tricks Part 2 — repetition (by David Deubelbeiss)

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8 Responses

  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    What a great ending to your article, David! So many practical suggestions.

    Hopefully, your suggestions will help new teachers feel more comfortable with including more repetition in lessons!

    Thanks for sharing what you’ve learned through experience!

  2. charterbug says:

    I really appreciated all of your suggestions!! I’ll be teaching at a school this year where I expect to be with a lot of English Language learners and your thoughts helped inspire a lot of new ideas for my upcoming year! Thanks!

    • David says:

      charterbug – I wish all teachers were of the same mould as you! More and more, regular classroom teachers need to be armed with ideas for teaching ELLs pushed into their classrooms. Glad I could help with some suggestions! Have you seen Goldenberg’s report from last year – “Teaching Ells – what the research does and does not say”? if not, lots of value there too. http://www.edweek.org/media/ell_final.pdf

      Cheers,
      David

  3. Marisa Pavan says:

    Thanks for your suggestions, David! I’ve used them to reflect on my teaching practice. I’ve found out I’m repetitive in my appraoch but it’s worthwhile for our students. I use mind-maps for the sake of organisation. Organising our
    students´minds is helpful for their learning.
    Regards,
    Marisa

    • David says:

      Yes, very much so! Especially if you make it a routine. Also, it is a great way for schema building and preparing them for the lesson content…

      I have learned to fold an A4 into all sorts of neat ways – to make great organizers and mind maps….kids love the folding and it makes the mind map start out as “theirs”.

  4. Jennifer says:

    Hi David,

    I go back and forth on how much repetition and how much new content is ‘the ideal balance’ for students. I do agree, however, that most students benefit from having a daily framework that is more or less the same for every lesson. Once you find something that works for your group, I think students like knowing what will be expected of them at certain times, so they can mentally prepare. I used to teach a pragmatics class, and I think it helped my group to know that we would usually start class with a whole-group discussion on the topic from yesterday, so they could think of something to say on their walk over, etc.

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