(originally posted 3/23/10)
Now….what about going deeper into the language?
The first and most obvious approach is to play with past, present and future tense. When you start to do this will depend on your district, your students, and your own mindset.
The truth is that any student, at any time, can learn to speak about the past, the present and the future. What matters here is the pacing. When our students hear the present tense, they process at one speed. Events happen sequentially.
When we refer to the past tense, or the future tense, or a natural combination of the three, WE MUST SLOW DOWN!! The students’ minds must travel dimensionally to “picture” what is happening. They need us to speak slowly at first, to pause to allow them to picture, to connect what they just heard with the picture in their minds and to anticipate what may be happening next. Once they get accustomed to all of this cognitive activity we can move closer to a more natural rate of speed ….as long as we constantly check for comprehension. The investment of time early on is very worthwhile. Try not to worry. Try not to be impatient. With yourself or with them!!
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