I read this blog about a year ago and I understand more of what it says now. Talks about the process of learning TPRS. I have seen this process in different teachers, as well as myself. Blaine has a PP with the different stages of TPRS.
Anway, I thought I would add this to my notes on tprs thoughts.
This comes from Michael Wood’s blog, My TPRS Journey
Ben Slavic posted yesterday on his blog about the need for intuition in teaching with TPRS
One part of his posting that he simultaneously posted to the TPRS Listserv sparked a response by Meg Villanueva (post# 91152) about the need for mentor groups to spring up. Ben said:
We in TPRS are largely not even competent. Teachers who first see the beauty of the method soon wander away from it. . . . Many teachers stop using it, not because of any insights they have that it is a “bad method”, but rather because they are incompetent at it. They can’t do it.
Ben’s posting made me think, but Meg’s response made me want to join the dialog.
Meg said in part:
The other thing, I think, that makes teachers fall away, is the first, second and third year of teaching TPRS. The first rush of understanding the method is wonderful. You come away from a workshop fired up and excited, and you can’t wait to start. Some teachers never make it through that first rush, because they try it and it doesn’t work immediately, and so they figure it’s not for them. They figure that they don’t have whatever it is that they feel it takes to do well. Simply put, they want immediate success and aren’t willing to work.
Others get through the first year on the cloud of happiness at seeing the effects of the method. Then, in the second or third year, reality sets in. The students might feel bored because the teacher’s technique isn’t polished yet. The drag of doing others’ stories or the effort in making their own stories wears them down. They haven’t yet figured out that the students love to make the stories. Their circling technique isn’t good enough yet, and they feel bored themselves. After a while, they begin to think about that textbook. It would be sooo much easier just to assign work.