The one-dimensional judgments about lessons that this blog is dedicated to change are alive and well.

I just watched a DVD that accompanies 50 Strategies for Teaching English Language Learners by Adrienne L. Herrell and Michael Jordan [Pearson Custom Publishers, 2008]. After each excerpt from a class, the teacher in the class and one of the authors have a conversation not only about the excerpt, but about other parts of the class which are not in the excerpt on the DVD. “You did a beautiful job in combining realia into the lesson. . . you did a beautiful job of demonstrating the need for repetitiveness . . . and you start perfectly; you identified a need through observation. . . and focused the lesson on the structures that they need.”

I describe why I push for multiple interpretations and provide many examples of different types of comments about classrooms in the Afterward of the book Creating Classroom Communities of Learning: International Case Studies and Perspectives, edited by Roger Barnard and Maria Torres-Guzman, [Clevedon, England: Multilingual Matters 2008].

Click to read a pdf of the Afterward.