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But, lately, I have been feeling a bit discouraged (and perhaps I need to take a step back from social media!). I have noticed a lot of dogmatic (and sometimes aggressively and cultishly preachy) language teachers. I am seeing more and more teachers who have an attitude of
- "our way or the highway"
- "moral obligation" to teach this way
- "I listen to... and you are doing it wrong"
- "So and so says..., so you have to do it that way"
- "I am a language teacher, I don't teach about culture"
- "Authentic resources should never be used because..."
- "You should never teacher grammar."
Wow, this dogmatic attitude is not helping teachers! And it certainly not going to encourage teachers to shift their teaching! So, after a few recent conversations and a weird tweet exchange on #langchat about #authres (which ended with someone blocking me), I realized that I have to make sure that I am not being dogmatic! I have this blog because I want to share and help others. And, fortunately, I have had a lot of people who have contacted me and thanked me and/or shared back... and that keeps me going!
So, let's respect each other and value each other's journey... and maybe be a little less dogmatic.
On the note of being a bit of a nerd when it comes to PD and being an informed and educated language teacher, here are some of my favorite books, podcasts, and YouTube videos that I have read/listened to/watched in the past few years. I have taken a lot from these... and I have also not taken some things.
- Words and Actions: Teaching Languages Through the Lens of Social Justice
- A Natural Approach to Stories (helped me to do more untargeted CI!)
- The Big CI Book
- Not a book, but the ACTFL 21st Century Skills Map (love page 4)
- ACTFL Proficiency Examples
- The Keys to Planning and Learning
- Also not a book, but the "I can" statements have helped me improve my teaching a lot
- Podcasts: here and here
- Eric Herman is doing some awesome stuff here and here
- CI Peek from Fluency Matters
- One book that is on my list to read is While we're on the topic