My first year with a curriculum:
- fly by the seat of my pants
- take notes on what works/doesn't (mental or written/typed out)
- hone different areas (not all at once)
- guided discussion prompts
- classroom management
- usage of novels
- usage of SSR / FVR
- continue to gather more resources to throw in
- adapt resources to level of students that year (readings)
- have more fun because it's way less stressful
For example, you can tell my 2nd or 3rd year of using TPRS, I saw Cynthia Hitz had used something called a MovieTalk about Alma. I was relatively new at this.
So my first year with Alma (maybe fall 2012), I did the following:
- Spoken story
- MovieTalk (talked to kids, paused movie at key points to build interest)
- Simple version of a reading
- I lost this over the years
Then the next year at a new school (spring 2014), I thought it would be fun to make an Embedded Reading. So I was comfortable with the movie and added different versions.
Then the next year at the same school (spring 2015), I thought it would be fun to make it even more immersive. I made Alma into a little mini-unit with el muñeco viviente as well before. So I was comfortable with the movie and added different versions.
I also added in elements of TPR to help remember some of the new structures.
- "muñeco" mini-unit
The following year in Spring 2016, I continued to use Alma. But I tweaked the readings. I wanted to continue pushing their literacy and to really get more bang for my buck. I continued with Justin Jedlica's story because it was a hit the previous year. (Folder)
- Justin Jedlica story
- Spoken story
- Embedded Readings - 5 versions
Then this past spring 2017, I was at a new school again. I was no longer in the block schedule so I felt like it could definitely be improved next year. What I did was pretty similar to 2016 because I liked how that turned out. But I added a phrase: "something weird happens" and tried to work on Direct Object pronouns a little bit. I also used it for Spanish 2 because it was a new school and they hadn't seen it. So I adapted the language to fit their needs a little bit.
So as you can see... my teaching is definitely a process. And I'm continually changing activities and adding to them/taking away from them.
What I especially love about TPRS and CI is that with TPRS/CI, the same activity/text can be used with students regardless of level with a little bit of tweaking because that's the nature of language!
Hope that gives you some ideas as a fellow educator!