Small Steps

“It’s amazing what small steps can do.” This is what my JTE said to me yesterday after one of our Talk More! communication classes.

And it’s so true.

If you tell students, “We want you to have good English conversations. Here’s some questions. Alright? Ready? Go!” It’s probably gonna fail.

But if you can break every lesson up into 5 or 7 small steps that build and lead into the final activity, suddenly you have a revolution.  You have climbed a mountain, not by running devil-may-care up the face of the largest cliff, but by starting in the rolling hills and gradually climbing to the top.

The point is: You can still think big. (Please do!) But remember to break those larger journeys into smaller steps so even the weakest climbers are able to reach the great heights of achievement.

It’s amazing what small steps can do…


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  1. We break things up into small steps all the time — from building houses to making guitars to cooking dinner. When those builders and craftsmen try to throw all the pieces together at once, they always wind up in trouble. The same is true for lesson planning, I think. The small steps build the larger picture.

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