Summer Hiatus

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

Micromanaging the Class (part 2): Am I Getting in the Way of Student Communication?

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?

Editing Final Projects: An Exercise in Giving up Micromanagement (part 1)

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)

On the way to SCOLT!

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!