Welcome to my blog. I am a father of two and a Kindergarten through 8th Grade Spanish teacher in Central Florida. The 2014-2015 school year was my first year using Comprehensible Instruction Methods, specifically TPRS and I have been using it ever since. Advertisements
I have been answering lots of questions in the past few days about my Spanish Teacher Success Academy presentation and it’s got me thinking about what I want my teaching to be, right now, (almost) 12 years into my teaching career. All of this time spent with my students and with the online CI community… Read More My CI Teaching Philosophy – 2019
Hi everyone, March is looking to be a big month! I am very excited to share the things I have going on this month: Spanish Teacher Success Academy This is an online conference presented by Speaking Latino. There will be lots of great ideas and actionable info from world-class experts such as Tina Hargaden, Meredith… Read More Upcoming Events: March, 2019
For the last few years, I have struggled with final exams for my middle school students. I don’t teach to facts, I teach for acquisition (which you can read all about here and here). As a result, my exams need to show what students have acquired. This poses a challenge because I can’t just write… Read More Final Presentational Writing Activities
ci: Comprehensible Input. The kind of language learners need to promote acquisition. This is the language that teachers use in the classroom that students can understand and use to create a linguistic framework in their minds. The term ci was coined in the early 1980s by Stephen Krashen and it describes the kind of language… Read More What is ci? What is CI?
Tranquil. That’s the word I would use to describe my class the other day. Calm is another; relaxed could be a third. It was simply sublime…And it’s all thanks to Silent Reading. As I discussed in my last post, we are reading a novel in my 6th Grade Spanish classes: Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro… Read More Silent Reading
Starting a novel One of my goals for 2019 was to start a novel with one grade and see how it goes. I have been teaching a novel in my 6th grade classes for the last 3 weeks (2 days a week) and I am loving it! We are currently reading Brandon Brown Quiere Un… Read More “This is What We’ve Been Training For:” Using Novels in My Spanish Classroom
This year, like all New Years, brings with it a sense of excitement and renewal. We just returned from a 2 week break (we came back to school on Thursday of last week) and everyone is happy to be back and ready to learn…or at least I am! 2018 brought with it a lot of… Read More What’s New in 2019