Last November I sat down and called Robert Harrell. I very much value Robert's insights, and hard work trying to answer questions in our field. He graciously agreed to help. The purpose of the phone call was to ask Robert some questions about the edu-buzzword "Rigor" and what it means in the world language classroom. The exchanges that transpire below helped me understand this topic much better. I've finally got around to sharing it here. Enjoy. 11/11/15 Jim Tripp: Hi Robert,
I just got this email from a parent of a Spanish 1 student. Help!!! He's driving me nuts, talking Spanish to me all weekend! He told me from now on when I argue with him he's going to just talk to me in Spanish.... Lol
Help :) I'm so lucky to get to teach such lively kids, not to mention whose parents are thoughtful enough to share this kind of celebratory news with me.