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
Comments and debriefing will be coming soon in a separate post, but here is the link to the presentation on Google Slides:
Language textbooks catch a lot of flak, sometimes for good reason. One of those reasons is the fact that they don’t capture the full richness and complexity of language. Words for the same things vary widely and who’s to say which is the correct word? Is it auto? carro? coche? Is one of these words more… Read More Micromanaging the Class (part 2): Am I Getting in the Way of Student Communication?
Finals time is always stressful – coming up with assessments, writing rubrics, hoping the students have had enough (or paid attention enough to) Comprehensible Input to be able to complete the tasks we’re assigning. Lots of teachers use IPAs or hand out AP practice tests. These things would be awesome for me to do, especially… Read More Editing Final Projects: An Exercise in Giving up Micromanagement (part 1)
Good morning all, At the airport, waiting to load onto a plane and head to the SCOLT conference in Atlanta! To all my elementary, middle, and rotating schedule friends, come and see my presentation, “But O Only Teach Once A Week…” all about creating memorable lessons and experiences for students. Hope to see you there!
It’s easy to think, especially as an elementary language teacher, that your class doesn’t matter. TL;DR: It does.
One and a half weeks down The year has started and is in full swing. I am teaching all the kiddos again, K-8, and I have a homeroom this year, too. Seventh graders. They are goofy, loud, smart, boisterous, outgoing, friendly, and all the other things that 12-13 year olds can be (also moody, emotional,… Read More On My Own, But Not Alone