2 weeks in, but really only 1 week in We’re two and a half weeks into the year, which means that most of my classes have completed a week’s worth of work (I only see the kids 2 times a week). It’s been a very positive first few weeks of school and I’m looking forward… Read More Building skills, not learning facts…And an announcement about ACTFL 2018
1000 Days 1000 days ago (1001, to be exact) I wrote a post about having fun in the classroom. I wrote another one (about 870 days ago) about variety and avoiding boredom in the classroom. Somewhere along the way, I lost sight of these things. I got bored and I started being the kind of teacher… Read More A Recalibration: Finding the Positive Hidden in the Negative
This year is the year that everything changed for me, teaching-wise. I became a traveling teacher (rather than having my own room), I changed my curriculum, and I really started to feel like I have come into my own as a teacher. I feel an ease with instruction that I haven’t felt before. Additionally, this… Read More Expanding Personalization in the Classroom
As the New Year begins, I have been reflecting on what to write. I have learned some really valuable (and REALLY obvious) lessons throughout the last year and I’d like to share them with you. Storytelling Rules! There’s not really much more that I can say about it. It is awesome! It is fun for me,… Read More What I Learned in 2014
The fourth part in the ongoing series about how I can encourage success and not set students (and myself) up for failure. Student progress in a language is a very individual thing. Different kids who have had the same amount of comprehensible input might have significantly different levels of proficiency. This is just a part… Read More Promoting Student Success, Pt. 4: No One Does Poorly in My Class
Let me admit it here and now: I am constantly using other people’s ideas. I love to look at activities that other people have developed and use them or adapt them for my own classroom. There are several reasons why I devour posts about activities. These range from the practical (I just don’t have that… Read More A little help from my friends: How my curriculum has been shaped by many
This year, I intend to have fun. If there were some research out there that showed that teaching grammar-heavy lessons with little to no use of the Target Language was more effective than CI methods, then I would do the less-fun option. But that’s not what the research shoes. The research shows that CI is the… Read More If it’s not fun, why do it?