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
This was a great year! I’ve talked what I want to do differently and how to change things up for next year and that’s what I’ll spend the summer doing…that and working on new plans for assessment and testing in my classes… …and reading for fun (2 books down already!) and for work (I have… Read More Summer Hiatus
I have spent this year making breakthroughs in my teaching practice. Whether it’s using news stories, novels, story circles to engage more students, Non-targeted CI, or working with Movietalk in a new way (for me), I have experimented and felt really successful with each one. Next year, though, is the time to put all of… Read More 2019-2020 Curriculum Shakeup, Part 2: Reading
Priority #1: Culture of TL in the Classroom Confession Time: The biggest regret that I have as a teacher is how much L1 gets used in the classroom. I can do a great job of talking to the students in the TL during a story or an activity, but I can’t seem to get them… Read More 2019-20 Curriculum Shakeup, Part 1
Reflection on the end of the year activity and the future language path of my graduating 8th Graders.… Read More Ending the Year on a High Note
In the past, I was not the biggest fan of using MovieTalk. I have had trouble with getting students to engage without complaining that we’re stopping the movie every few seconds to describe what is happening. But at ACTFL 2018, I saw a few different presentations that had a variation of the MovieTalk structure. In… Read More MovieTalk Activity: El Hombre Elegante
Before we get into definitions and explanations, I just want to remind everyone that I am not an expert at this. I am writing this to share the successes and challenges I encounter as I try new things and show other teachers that doing these kinds of things in your classroom is not only possible… Read More Non-Targeted Comprehensible Input? In Elementary?!?
Edi el elefante and Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro As I have written about before, I started using novels this year. And I can honestly say that during the first 3 months of 2019, there has been a renewed interest in Spanish class for me and for my students. I haven’t had this much excitement… Read More Takeaways: Using Novels For the First Time