Guest post by Knikki Hernandez

Knikki Hernandez sent this email out to everyone who attended her session, but it is an awesome list of how she transitioned to CI.  She mentions some of the same resources from our post, but she also adds some of her own.  Thank you SO much for contributing this!

When I first started with CI, I purchased Jalen Waltman’s lesson plans for the textbook series Exprésate. Here is the link to her website:
I’ve attached other resources that you can use to learn more about TPRS/CI. If you’d like to start with some visuals to see what this looks like I recommend that you start with youtube and do a search on tprs/ci. There are a ton of teachers who share their lessons. I will be posting more videos on my youtube channel where you can see all of my lessons, as well. As you know, I also like to focus on classroom management, so this coming year there will be short videos with proactive and reactive moves to handle various situations. I would suggest that you subscribe to all youtube channels that you feel could benefit your practice.
Secondly, I’ve attached my thesis to this email, which is about TPRS/CI & classroom management. The paper will give you an inside look at how teachers maintain order in their classroom using this method. There are also video demonstrations and analysis all throughout. Please have a look and let me know your thoughts, critique, questions, etc.
Third, you can throw a rock and hit about 1,000 different TPRS/CI blogs. Some of my favorites are posted below. The “TPRS for Chinese” one is particularly good. Even though it’s Chinese, you’ll be able to benefit from her analysis and lessons as she breaks everything down to meet your specific needs. Sarah Breckley’s is relatively new, but it’s excellent, as well.
As far as books, if I had to start all over again, I would buy Ben Slavic’s “The Natural Approach” & the “Big Book of CI”. You can start wherever you like, though. I first purchased the book series “Look! I can talk!” because I needed lesson plans, and it just seemed like a good place to start at the time. I had also just met Blaine Ray’s son, Von Ray, and they were selling them.
Lastly, I’ve learned a ton about this method and purchased some additional resources through social media. Great teachers are always posting their products (some free!) on twitter and facebook, and this has helped me tremendously. I recommend that you first join the facebook group below. Everyone is great!
With regards to twitter, I recommend that you create one for PROFESSIONAL USE ONLY. This way, you can follow other educators and organizations that can help you grow in your career. (NOTE: I do not follow students, post homework assignments, or communicate with parents through twitter. This is strictly for my own professional growth.) Also, if you’re like me, I was totally opposed to creating a twitter at first, but something clicked, and I started to see it as an opportunity to build my professional network and learn from amazing educators. At that point, I realized that it’s not just another social media outlet to keep up with; it’s an entire network that I can personalize to my own needs. Since then, I’ve met educators from all over the country, some even international, and connected with school districts.
NOTE: My core social media belief is this: Have one social media for family/friends, one for students/parents, and one for your professional development.
Lastly, thank you all for taking time out of your schedules to learn about this new methodology. It can feel like an overwhelming and daunting task to learn a completely new methodology (and even I am relatively new to it) but if you ever have any questions, please feel free to reach out anytime at Knikki Hernandez on facebook, or @teacherknikki on twitter.
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