Tuesday, January 28, 2014

How to "TPR" Your Classroom; Here's What I Did!

No, I didn't say TP your classroom, people, I said TPR your classroom.  Y'all know what I'm talking about; using total physical response to teach a foreign language!
I've used some version of TPR for years to teach vocabulary, but never did it daily and ALL OUT, FULL ON TPR until this week.  How did I do it? Here's how:
I purchased two books to start and read them as fast as I could. The first book is of course "Learning Another Language Through Actions" by James Asher

and the second is "Instructor's Notebook: How to Apply TPR for Best Results" by Garcia Ramiro.  

After reading both books, I took the examples in the book and made myself a script (see below for the first two days worth of scripts).  When I went to class on Monday, I put a table in front of the room (I happened to have one that I moved from another area) and three chairs in front of the table.  There is an open space in front of the table with sets of desks facing in, towards the middle of the room.  This area started as the "stage".  
I sat down in one of the chairs and  I told the students we were going to learn in a new way.  I said I was going to tell them what to do in Spanish, model it and then have two volunteer actors follow along.  I told them we were not going to repeat or translate anything, only listen and do what the teacher does.  I told them that after I felt like my actors were catching on, that I would stop modeling and start directing the actors.  I told them that is was important to listen and watch because I would be calling on them to act out commands too. They were all excited to get started and in most classes I had multiple volunteers to be the actors.  
We got started and acted out commands for the entire class period! They LOVED it!  There were times when I felt they may be getting bored, because I started getting bored saying "point to the door" "walk to the door" over and over again, but they had a blast!  We followed the same format again today, only we reviewed with the whole class acting out commands from yesterday, then some individuals acting them out, before we started learning new commands.  

Where am I going with TPR?  How will I teach grammar?  How will my students learn to read, write and speak?  GREAT questions!  I'm still working out the kinks;  I'm not sure where I'm going or how I'll get there exactly, but I have confidence that I'll figure it out, and the students will enjoy the ride!  Stay tuned for more reports as I TPR MORE in my classroom!

Here are the two scripts I used on day 1 and day 2.  I adlibbed a TON, but this was a great guideline for me to start and pull from.

Let me know how you use TPR in your classroom!!

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Super Value Clip Art Bundle

If you love clip art, get ready for this!   
Several fantastic clip artists have gotten together to create a super great clip art package at a HUGE DISCOUNT!!  Hooray!

I am very excited to be a part of this bundle with Educents!  I know you will love my Santa's Christmas Clip Art Set.

There are 35 other products in our bundle to get your kids learning!  Literacy, math, science, social studies, and so much more!   Hop along to see all the goodies you will get!  

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But that's not all!   I am giving you a chance to Pin It to Win It (you win any clip art set from my store.)  Pin any image from this blog post and enter below to win!

The deal won't last long so head over now!

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

September Facebook Frenzy Apple and Fall Freebies

It's time for some FREEBIES!  Starting tomorrow Sept. 20, be sure to head over to my FB Page to grab up this cute set of Silly Apples Clip Art.  It will only be free during the frenzy, which ends Sept.23, so don't miss out!

What's a Facebook Frenzy you ask?....Keep reading!

Wondering what this 'FB Frenzy' REALLY is? I had some questions about it today... Here is some info since it begins TOMORROW!!!

Q:What is the 'Frenzy?'
A:Several TpT Teacher Authors and Clip Artists have teamed together to offer freebies based on a fall/apple theme.

Q:How Do I Get the Freebies?
A:Look for the 'Fall Frenzy' tab on a participants homepage. When you click it, it will prompt you to 'like' the page to get the freebie. Once you 'like' the page, you will be directed to the freebie. There will also be a basket of apples to click that will take you to the next stop.

Q:Are the Freebies on TpT?
A:No- not as of now! They are all exclusive to FB. Some will be Google Downloads and others in Dropbox.

Q:How many freebies are there?
A:TONS! There are 3 groups- one for K-1, one for 2-3 and one 4-5 plus clip art. Each group has 30+ participants! Find the hop that best suits what you need and you are all set!

Q:What if a link isn't working? How do I get to the next freebie?
A:All the links were checked and are working great, but if for some reason you get lost, as map of all the 'stops' will be posted for each hop. Find you last stop and then click the link to take you to where you need to go next.

Q:How long can I get the freebies?
A:The hop begins at 8am EST on 9/20/13 and runs until 8pm EST 9/23/13. After that all tabs will be uninstalled.

Q:Will there be another frenzy? How will I know when it is?
A:More are definitely in the works, and by 'liking' each page, you will receive posts and updates to future frenzys and events!

Q:Do I have to start at a certain spot?
A:No! You can start on any of the participants pages and it will link you all the way through! The 3 hops are not linked together, though, so if you want to do more than one hop, you will need to find a participant in each hop to begin at.

I think that about covers it! Hope to see you all tomorrow along the hop and I'd LOVE to hear feedback on the freebies you receive! I know I will be hopping away at some point this weekend to 'rake' in some of the fab freebies that will be on here!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Calling All Algebra Teachers!!!

I've teamed up with Educents and I've put together a fun bundle of activities perfect for Algebra 1 and 2 students and it is being offered at a 50% discount!  Including task cards, games and card sorting activities it covers functions, factoring quadratics, imaginary roots of negative numbers and get to know your students activities.  At only $11, this is a steal!  Click the image below to find out more. :)
Keep reading to enter a giveaway.


I need your help friends!  PIN IT TO WIN IT GIVEAWAY! Help me spread the word by pinning the image in this blog post and enter the giveaway below. I'll choose two lucky winners who'll be able to choose ANY item from my TPT store, including bundles!   (NOTE:  The bundle above is not in my store)
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

1000 Facebook Fans and a Giveaway

It seems like just the other day I was celebrating 1000 followers on TPT...wait, I think I was!  Now I'm celebrating 1000 FB fans!  What better way to celebrate then to give stuff away?  FOUR lucky participant winners will get to choose $25 worth of products from my TPT store!  Yay!!!! Who doesn't love FREE stuff?  If you like free stuff, be sure to like me on FB and check out the FAN FREEBIES! tab to get some fun freebies.  Oh, and don't forget to enter this giveaway!

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

1000 Followers Giveaway Results!

Thank you so much to everyone who helped me celebrate 1000 followers on my TPT store.  It's really because of you all that I have so much support and I really appreciate you!  I hope you got some freebies on facebook and were able to take advantage of some of the super discounts at my store!

And the winner of the giveaway is....
Congratulations to Katie Budnik!  You will receive the packet in your email, so keep a lookout!

I didn't want everyone else to walk away empty handed so I created these posters (which I saw in another version on pinterest) just for you!  Thanks again!  Click on the image to download.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

1000 Followers Giveaway

I can't believe I've reached 1000 followers on TPT!  To thank my sweet followers I'll be celebrating the next few days with a giveaway, freebies and special discounts, plus everything in my store will be 20% off Monday 7/8 through Wednesday 7/10.
Be sure to join in on the celebration by entering this giveaway for a Polka Dot Classroom Theme Pack!
Check my facebook page for information about special discounts and freebies in the next few days!
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Freebies for Facebook Fans!

I've got big plans for my facebook fans!  To start, I've added a tab called "FAN FREEBIES!" where I'll be posting freebies exclusively for my facebook followers.  If you haven't "liked" The Enlightened Elephant's Facebook page, now is a great time.  Get the clip art set below by heading over to my page.  If you're not a fan yet, just like the page and grab up the freebie.
I'll also be posting information about Flash Freebies, Sales and new products in my TPT store, among other things!  I hope your summer if off to a great start!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Facebook Frenzy Freebies

SORRY, the June FB frenzy is over.
Hi all! I just wanted to let you know that there are lots of freebies for facebook followers on the Facebook Frenzy FB Hop! You can grab up my chevron frames if you already like my FB page, and if you don't then you can just like the page and then find the Facebook Frenzy tab located at the top of my page. I'm also planning on offering lots more freebies exclusively to my FB followers, so if you like freebies then now is a great time to be a FB follower. Click on the image below to begin collecting up freebies!


Monday, May 6, 2013

Teacher Appreciation SALE!

Teachers Pay Teachers is having a huge sale to celebrate teachers 5/7-5/8!  And to show my appreciation I'm offering 20% off ALL of my products at my TPT store.  Get an additional 10% off at checkout by entering code TAD13. Now is the time to stock up on those clip art sets, Spanish or Math products.  This sale only comes around once every in awhile, so don't miss out!

Here a just a few new products in store:

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