I recently received a comment asking if I use TPR as a part of my instruction.  The answer is yes but I would definitely like to use it a lot more.  I use TPR when I am trying to convey the meaning of words to my students such as "talk."  I will open and close my hand near my mouth while saying the word several times.  And then I will say "talk"--open and close my hand--"stop talking"--close my hand."

I would like to use it more as a part of my classroom management.  I didn't get my own classroom until approximately a month after I started teaching so it was difficult to implement my own classroom management style in the class after they were used to other teachers' teaching style.  Something as simple as putting my finger over my mouth and saying "shhh" was really foreign to them, which I didn't expect.  Most of them mimicked the sound back at me because they didn't know that I wanted a specific reaction and also because they had learned something new and they were practicing it. ;)

TPR is something that I struggle to incorporate into my lessons because I have specific content to cover and there is not always an action that relates to the topic I am covering.
  However TPR is a very good method to help store new information into long-term memory. 
4/27/2011 11:41:05 am

TPR is something that I struggle to incorporate into my lessons because I have specific content to cover and there is not always an action that relates to the topic I am covering. However TPR is a very good method to help store new information into long-term memory.

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