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
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!