Renowned educator teaches at Joliet West High School for a day
11/9/2017, 8:11 a.m.
Blaine Ray, an internationally known founder of Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling® (TPRS), not only agreed to mentor Joliet West Spanish teacher Tammy Hunsaker in pursuing TPRS certification, but also visited her classroom on Tuesday, October 31st.
During Ray’s visit, he taught an engaging lesson using TPRS during one period, and then co-taught with Hunsaker the following class.
Blaine developed TPRS while teaching high school for over 20 years in Ontario, OR and Bakersfield, CA. In TPRS®, students acquire language by hearing, reading, writing, telling, and retelling stories in class with the guidance of the teacher in a personalized, dynamic, and comprehensible way. The teacher leads with a story outline and asks the class numerous questions to ensure that the class understands the language.
Along the way, they add personalized, interesting, and comprehensible details to the story. During Ray’s visit, the students were all very attentive and participated in the dynamic and entertaining story-telling.
Joliet West student Richard Garcia said of the experience, “It was a lot of fun! I got to play as a student actor, which helped a lot. Acting is a big part of learning a language. I hope to use both English and Spanish in my future career.”
Hunsaker said, “I'd say that I am just so grateful that Blaine agreed to be my mentor as I continue improving my use of TPRS. His feedback on my performance of the method was so helpful and his energy and positive attitude are so inspiring. I think my students benefit not only from his visit, but from the guidance he's giving me.”
Hunsaker will be mentored by Ray to be able to apply this innovative teaching methodology in her Spanish classes at Joliet West High School.
More information on Blaine Ray and TPRS can be found at these links: