While I would be DELIGHTED to come talk with you and your colleagues about whatever your little hearts desire related to life, language, and all things teaching, what I REALLY would love is for you to come see me and my kids in action this school year. Here's why.
1. Reading only gets you so far
I mean, sure, you could set up your own PBL in the TL at-home correspondence course, poring through blogs and links. And to tell you the truth, webinars are great for getting some questions answered. Still, I for one have to SEE it to work. That's why watching Grant Boulanger in action at iFLT forever changed my life. All the theory in the world did not show me how TCI strategies actually WORKED, but an hour watching him work? Bam, I knew what I had to do. Mind you, it still took a lot of processing on my part to transfer it to my own classroom, but it about halved the trial-and-error time.
I know one o the biggest questions for PBLL is what it looks like day to day, but as eloquent as I may be, it ain't ever gonna really click until you see it. You can see how class starts, how students collaborate and research,
2. Four words: 9 o'clock start timeYou see, we at the early college strive to align with the latest research in adolescent neuroscience, acknowledging the success of later start times. Well, that and college course availability pretty much dictates our structure Monday-Thursday (Friday is enrichment day--no classes!) Also, I teach English first every day, so if you're coming for the TL, my Spanish day doesn't even start until noon! What's more is my planning is second period, so we can sit down and chat before classes start AND after school ends! Which brings me to...
3. Mutual brain pickingOK, I admit it. I really want you to come see me so I can sap your brain power. I want you to ask me questions, but more importantly, I want a chance to ask you questions! I mean, we probably won't solve the world's problems with one visit (probably at least, like, three), but when amigas have come in the past, I know we both walked away understanding our practice and our purpose a little better. Also the secret plots we can get cooking--we always come away with ideas to connect our classes for more meaningful communication!
But it also helps to pause and reflect on what you've seen, fill in the gaps, push the boundaries, you know?