Hi everyone, it’s been a while. I have been away from the blog for a little while starting with the rush to get trimester 1 grades in and then getting ready for Thanksgiving and all the things in between. This is the craziest part of the year (until the last few days, that is) and… Read More 5 Things to Remember in Early Elementary FL Classes
This is the third part of a 3 part answer to a question that was sent to me by an elementary school teacher about using storytelling in the early elementary grades. Part 1 was about pre-story activities: How do I get students ready for a new story? What kinds of activities do we do to make all of… Read More Storytelling in Practice #3: I’ve finished the story. Now what?
TPRS/Story asking in early elementary This is the second part of a 3 part answer to a question that was sent to me by an elementary school teacher about using storytelling in the early elementary grades. Part 1 was about pre-story activities: How do I get students ready for a new story? What kinds of activities do… Read More Storytelling in Practice #2: The next step is to just tell the story, right? Wrong.
TPRS/Story asking in early elementary I got an email recently from a teacher who was using one of my stories (Roberto no tiene papas fritas). The teacher pointed out that this post has a breakdown of how I tell the story over several days, which is helpful for a teacher who is new to TPRS, but… Read More Storytelling in Practice #1: What do you do before you start a story in early elementary?
Testing week Testing week is tough: the kids are both revved up and worn down at the same time and they are antsy to get outside (especially since we had really nice weather here in FL for most of the testing days). It’s also tough on so-called “specials” teachers. Our classes get cut or we… Read More Simon Says? Seriously? (Looking at Simon Says in a CI Context)
It’s been a pretty crazy few weeks recently. Grades are due for report card time (we are on a trimester system) and I got a new side job as a Social Media Manager for an Elementary Spanish Curriculum Development company (to the readers who follow me on twitter: if you were recently followed by an Elementary… Read More Getting Better at Teaching Kindergarteners (And a Kindergarten Story)
Starting With A Class Created Story I have talked about using this activity in the past. It is in Blaine Ray’s book, Fluency Through TPR Storytelling. In the activity, I ask the details to a story and the students come up with all the particulars (where, when, how old, names, locations, anything you can think… Read More Madlib Writing Activity, With A Twist