Creating Repetition in Engaging and Novel Ways

Title: How to Create Repetition for Your Students in an Engaging and Novel Way.


Subtitle: Dahiana describes what she learned on the first day of a 2-day training course with Carol Gaab.



Dahiana Castro, of Centennial High School, located in Corona, CA, sits down with Louisa to discuss some of the key topics she’s learned on the first day of a 2-day professional training with Carol Gaab, of TPRS Publishing, now known as Fluency Matters. Carol showed the teachers how to expose students to new and novel ways, to keep simple language structures, which can sometimes be boring or ‘too easy’, engaging. Carol taught these principles in Hebrew, a language the majority of the teachers was unfamiliar with.


Key Takeaways:

[0:55] What was it about today’s training that Dahiana really enjoyed?

[1:25] Sometimes veteran teachers get bored with what they think is too easy, but Carol showed examples of how to keep things engaging.

[2:00] Carol provides repeated exposure to the students for 60 minutes in Hebrew, a language the audience at the workshop was not familiar with.

[5:15] How do we grade in a CI classroom? Hopefully, Carol will address this in tomorrow’s session.

[5:35] Dahiana explains the chain reaction idea, that helps students both write and act out the new words they’re learning.

[7:20] Louisa noticed that Carol has her students act out each of the sentences of the story, which really keeps you on your toes, and paying attention.

[8:35] Dahiana also really liked the ‘what if’ activity, where it goes into greater detail about the characters’ actions, while still repeating and re-using the same words.

[9:30] These activities prepared the audience for the Word Cloud, which they were able to use and put into functional sentences.

[10:45] Of the things Dahiana learned today, what will Diana incorporate into her classroom?


Mentioned in This Episode:




“Sometimes veteran teachers get bored with what they think is too easy.”


“The brain craves novelty!”


“It’s not about getting to the destination, it’s about making it comprehensive for the kids.”