- That training is important. Teachers need to understand the principles behind Hebrew Through Movement to successfully sustain learning in their classroom. http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org/background.html
- That planning is important. TPR teachers can't just walk into their classrooms and "wing it," even if the lesson is "only" 10 minutes long. Learning how to write fun and engaging teaching scripts is key, as is practicing the scripts prior to class so that the lesson flows. Check out http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org/levels-1---3.html for video examples of a novice teacher (Level 1) and an experienced one (Levels 2 & 3): Note the feedback given to the teacher in the Level 1 video; it's not as easy as it may at first seem!
- That fun and spontaneity is important. Students shouldn't be able to anticipate what you will ask them to do. Check this video example of a 6th grader who thinks he knows what comes next, but to keep him on his toes, his teacher throws a curveball: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DzHtYxWOCo
- That having the needed supplies is important. Check out the video at the bottom of this page: http://www.hebrewthroughmovement.org/background.html. Also, see how the teacher uses supplies in the Pesach video that you can find via the Holiday Unit drop down menu.
- That teachers need to have a basic command of the Hebrew language to teach TPR successfully. A well-meaninged teacher who volunteers to teach TPR but has no language background cannot simply memorize scripts and hope that pronunciation and grammar are okay. In addition, we've learned that it's very important for someone with Hebrew expertise to regularly observe new teachers. It's not fair to the students or teacher for pronunciation and grammar errors to be left uncorrected for months.
- That consistency is important. For Hebrew Through Movement to really make a difference for our students, it has to be taught EACH time a class is in session. That means 10-15 minutes minimum EACH time. For some schools, having a roving specialist helps ensure that Hebrew is taught consistently. For other schools, having teachers integrate TPR in their classrooms works best ... but the directors of these schools have learned that accountability for regular teaching lies with themselves or a department head. It HAS to have priority.