Today marks 1 full year that I have been writing about teaching Spanish to K-8th graders. It has been great, filled with ups and downs, challenges and solutions. Looking back on the past year, it has been a whirlwind of new ideas and new connections. Reflecting on all the things that I have learned and… Read More One Year Down…
Personalization Personalization is one of the most important things we can do to make our input compelling. As a new CI teacher, I found that I was focusing too much on making input comprehensible and forgetting to make it compelling. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I have gotten to the point where I… Read More Practical and Common-Sense Tips for Personalizing Stories
“Kids can be so mean. It’s like they don’t even know that their words carry emotional weight. They say something and it just totally cuts you down…” That is how I used to think. And sometimes it is still true about the emotional toll that the words of children take, but I’ve learned to not… Read More Variety = Success
Good morning! I’d like to start off by saying that I just made some updates to the blog and I hope that you like them! Today is a big day because it marks the day that I reached 1000 views! I don’t honestly know if that’s good or bad, but I’ve only been writing for… Read More 1000+ Views!
FLES is popular! I’ve recently gotten a lot of views on my post about using CI in the fles classroom. I’m so glad that everyone likes it! I’ve just started using CI in all of my classes this year and it has been pretty great. Some things I still have to work on, especially keeping… Read More Class-Created Stories
I need a lot more practice with my PQA. I definitely need more student engagement in middle school classes. They are getting bored. Really bored. When they get bored, they get antsy and they get squirrelly and they start acting out. In other words, they started the class having fun, but what they were doing… Read More Middle School TPRS Tweaks
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