NTPRS 2014

I had a wonderful time at the NTPRS conference this year in Chicago. I had a great roommate and the presenters were as inspiring, as always. It’s hard to believe that I will be going back to school in only 3 short weeks, but luckily after this conference, I feel re-energized and ready to do some serious planning. Over the next few weeks, I will also attempt to share as much as I can from the sessions I attended. I always take a lot of notes from the sessions, but it takes me a while to make my bulleted notes coherent and actually post them, so be patient and bear with me!

Botas Picudas Lesson

At Carol Gaab and Kristy Placido’s session on “Thinking on Your Feet” at NTPRS 2013, Kristy demonstrated a lesson about “Botas Picudas”. It was an idea that was originally inspired by Crystal Barragan, and both have written blog posts about it. You can check out Kristy’s full lesson sequence that she used in her own classroom here, and Crystal’s blog post on the topic here. Martina Bex also created a lesson plan on this topic too, which you can see here. All the links are worth checking out as they have posted some excellent but different ideas as well as videos and songs that could be worked into a complete lesson! Thanks for the great ideas ladies!

Stories worth Retelling

This session by Bryce Hedstrom was all about how to use jokes as stories. He mentioned 5 key skills to remember when doing this, including:

  1. Choose the right joke.
  2. Tell it again at a higher level.
  3. Use student actors.
  4. Sequence your jokes.
  5. Include student input.

He then spent the rest of the session demonstrating several jokes that he uses with his classes, and we all loved them! The one thing that really stood out is that by the time you get to the punch line of the joke, it’s really important for students to fully understand the structures used in it, otherwise they won’t get the joke. Basically just work on getting meaningful, interesting repetitions and Bryce’s jokes will help to provide lots of entertainment for your classes!

Source: Bryce Hedstrom, NTPRS 2011, Handout & Slides