• A Natural Approach To The Year


    A Natural Approach to the Year; A Year of Lesson Plans for the First-Year Proficiency-Based Classroom is the newest book from Tina Hargaden and Ben Slavic.

    This is a hard copy of the book for those of us who prefer to hold our reading in our hands and be able to highlight, annotate, and mark the text.

    Ideal for a self-study, with cycles of self-reflection and self-administered professional development for the teacher. Use it alone or work with a colleague or Professional Learning Community to turn your day job into a yearlong workshop. 

    Make this year a time of tremendous professional growth for you, using this book day-by-day to propel you into a higher velocity as a proficiency-based teacher. Whether you are just starting out or a longtime teacher looking to simplify your preparation and hone your skills, this book will guide you day by day, week by week, and cycle by cycle through the year.

    You can stop looking for the next activity to engage your students, stop the hours of digging through strategies, and rest yourself for a time with us, working alongside us through a year of simplifying your professional life. We think this is quite simply the finest proficiency-based professional development material yet produced.

    TPRS Book Review

    "Ben and Tina have developed a program of language learning that has completely transformed my teaching in the best way possible. 

    This book explains that method in a very clear, succinct manner. If you are a World Language teacher, you need to read this book and give the method a try. You will never want to go back to teaching from a textbook after seeing the change it makes in your students' language skills."

    Jennifer Cornell, Michigan

    TPRS Book Review

    "I just finished reading A Natural Approach to Stories – the Invisibles, and am excited beyond words. There is so much in it that resonates with me, that intuitively I know is right. I've already begun to implement some of the more subtle ideas, with great success, in my classroom. Setting up the room and the classroom jobs as you describe will take a little more time, but I know it's the right thing for my students. I just love everything about this. It's student centered, fun, organic, community-building, and clearly leads to great gains in student proficiency. This is ground-breaking. Thank you for this wonderful gift!"

    Anne Matava