The Classroom Beyond Newsletter

Time to Do-It-Do-It

Thanks for all of the positive feedback about last week’s premiere podcast episode! I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate your support.

The Podcast

This week, I’m talking with Jim DePompei of the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in Los Angeles. It’s a legendary facility for Angelenos like myself, and one part everyone remembers is a full-body-teaching technique they call a “do-it-do-it.” Jim and I talk about training instructors to incorporate these physical call-and-response structures (even if we sometimes feel a little silly). Here’s a link to the podcast episode.

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The Blog

This week, I blog about total physical response. TPR started as a language instruction technique, but it doesn’t need to be limited to that – the do-it-do-it is a great illustration of how learners using their bodies can promote knowledge retention.

Also, since this week’s fun fact is all about smelling coyote and fox pee (seriously, listen ’til the end!), I have a post about that strange pastime, but also about tracking – as a skill and a teaching metaphor. Check it out on the blog here!

Coming Soon!

Next week, I’ll talk with San Antonio Zoo (Texas) preschool educator Eileen Garcia-Sanchez.

As always, please feel free to get in touch with feedback or ideas. It’s a brand new project and I’d love to know which parts are working for you.


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