Lately, I have been reading a lot of dismaying posts by teachers who are frustrated or having trouble with their classes. This is an especially hard time of the year. But I implore you to keep at it. Keep coming in day after day and teaching your heart out. You may ask me, “How can… Read More Flowing with the current
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
Hi everyone, March is looking to be a big month! I am very excited to share the things I have going on this month: Spanish Teacher Success Academy This is an online conference presented by Speaking Latino. There will be lots of great ideas and actionable info from world-class experts such as Tina Hargaden, Meredith… Read More Upcoming Events: March, 2019
For the last few years, I have struggled with final exams for my middle school students. I don’t teach to facts, I teach for acquisition (which you can read all about here and here). As a result, my exams need to show what students have acquired. This poses a challenge because I can’t just write… Read More Final Presentational Writing Activities
ci: Comprehensible Input. The kind of language learners need to promote acquisition. This is the language that teachers use in the classroom that students can understand and use to create a linguistic framework in their minds. The term ci was coined in the early 1980s by Stephen Krashen and it describes the kind of language… Read More What is ci? What is CI?
Tranquil. That’s the word I would use to describe my class the other day. Calm is another; relaxed could be a third. It was simply sublime…And it’s all thanks to Silent Reading. As I discussed in my last post, we are reading a novel in my 6th Grade Spanish classes: Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro… Read More Silent Reading
Starting a novel One of my goals for 2019 was to start a novel with one grade and see how it goes. I have been teaching a novel in my 6th grade classes for the last 3 weeks (2 days a week) and I am loving it! We are currently reading Brandon Brown Quiere Un… Read More “This is What We’ve Been Training For:” Using Novels in My Spanish Classroom