This year we have a new teacher in our World Language department. It has been wonderful to work with her and she is on board with tprs. She teaches levels 2-4 and gets all the students that I have had for last 4 years. Although, I just got here last spring, so slowly each class will have more tprs.
I must confess that during my tprs growth period I have wondered if anything I have done has made an impact at all. I have thought about the fact that I am new to the method and still getting my feet wet. It has been an interesting year, but I would rather that it is interesting rather than boring.
Well, yesterday during a passing period the new teacher comes running over very excited and says, “I don’t know what you did with those students, but it worked! Your students from last year out-wrote all the other classes by a lot!.” I really didn’t know what to say. I was surprised, but really I shouldn’t have been.
This is not as much encouraging news for me as it is for tprs. The method is a strong one and even an inexperienced teacher can make it work. It was nice to realize that and know that what I am doing with tprs really is working. Most of the second year students after an entire summer off wrote over a hundred words in their free write. I am sure that other tprs teachers are getting more from their students, but when you compare the tprs students to what the national average would be, I would say that we are doing pretty well.
It made me proud to be a tprs teachers because I felt like something was actually working in education; which is hard to come by these days. How cool it is that we can be apart of something like this.