Friday, February 23, 2007

volume theory

Maybe this is the wrong time to discuss it, Friday night when I'm worn out and exhausted, but I've been working on this theory of teaching for some time. It's basic. It is simply that the teacher owes to the student the promise to maximize the amount of language that that student can process successfully in a given time frame. That the student will seek to accelerate the rate of processing, thus becoming more efficient, and this is both good and necessary; that the teacher will not only seek the appropriate level of interest for the students (a given) and an appropriate level of difficulty (i + 1, as Krashen would say), but also, increase the amount as much as possible, as the amount alone (given a reasonable level of interest and difficulty) is the single most important variable determining how quickly they are to succeed.

It's not earth-shattering; it may be obvious; but, there it is. It's like the Total Time Law- we often take these for granted, but, we should really state them, write them down, and recognize the effect that simple prioritizing of goals can have on one's teaching.



At 8:39 AM, Blogger AndrĂ© Brazil !!! said...

Mr Leverett, I like to write your articles, I think our ideas are very similar almost always. I totally agree with you. I hope you to teach us next term.


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