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I interviewed a teacher about his use of technology and, unsolicited, he burst out in praise of two things: his SDAIE training and his classroom projector. What was the marriage of training and technology that made him so happy? It’s called Coffee Klatch (an Americanized version of the German word kaffeeklatsch, which means “coffee gossip.”
Here’s an example that he gave me that relates to teaching the vocab for the story Lucky Dragon.
Students stand in pairs, one facing the screen, one facing away. The setting is described to the students as “pretend you’re at a social gathering, a fancy party, and you are talking in low tones to your partner about one specific topic so that no one else can hear.” He describes how a student interjected excitedly: “Oh! Like we’re gossiping?” They get the idea immediately.
On the screen is a Powerpoint slide with the following lines: