After the first Quick Reference Card was finished, I got excited and kept going. Now there are five available for download so that teachers can have quick and easy access to the key points of a Shoebox sentence, the various word types, and other information.
I also got tremendously excited by a comment made by a Year One teacher recently when she said that her students did not know what nouns and verbs were, so instead of them having to unlearn their previous (false or incomplete) definitions, they could simply start with the correct ones.
I chatted with my wife (a Junior Primary teacher) and we devised a little game and activity to help junior primary students understand and internalise the principles of sentence construction. If you are interested in a demonstration of how this works, let me know and I'll visit your class.
Based on the recommendation of a teacher at St Mary's in Boyup Brook, I have just completed the first of the Shoebox Quick Reference Cards, with the idea that a teacher can print, laminate and file these cards for easy reference. They contain simple, colourful graphics on the basic principles of the Shoebox 1-2-3 Rule, and will hopefully make it easy for teachers to understand the principles without looking through the full Shoebox Grammar Teachers Book.
More to come.
After considerable planning, working hard, tweaking and consultation (with enormous thanks to Andrew, Matt and Alex at Gramercy Studios!), the site is live.
It doesn't yet have all the cards and videos uploaded to the Members Library, but the cards will be added shortly, and the videos over Christmas when other demands ease off.
After many years of developing Shoebox as an intensely personal thing (how many other people, I wondered, would possibly be interested in grammar?) it then felt very strange to share my passion for the language with teachers at those early Professional Development workshops, but at least I could see them and answer their questions.
Now, after a lot of refining, adding, modifying and reflection, Shoebox is venturing out into the wider world completely on its own. If you are reading this in the USA, or Great Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan or any other country that either teaches English or teaches IN English, I trust Shoebox will help you with both your own knowledge of how our beautiful, but baffling language is constructed and also how to teach it.