A fun twist on character creation that I have used with my youngest elementary students comes around at this time of year: Creating Class Monsters! There is one big change for creating this character with younger students rather than upper elementary or middle schoolers: Rather than have them make suggestions for all the details, I… Read More Halloween Monsters!
For those times when your plans, no matter how great they were, just won’t work out… Read More No-Prep Activities for When Your Plans Go Out The Window
Hello all, I have updated the look of the blog a bit, mostly to make it easier to access the newly updated Stories Pages. I have divided the stories into ones to use for Elementary and ones to use for Middle or Upper school. Content for the stories is almost all student-driven. As I’ve written… Read More New Stories and a (slightly) New Look
Hi everyone! As I have mentioned a few times before, I have been planning to use news articles in the classroom for reading materials for my middle school students. I have been putting off writing about it because I wanted to try a few different kinds of activities before I write about how great or… Read More Using News in Middle School
The year is beginning and the desks are out! (I have 4 folding tables that I can bring out if I need to, but they are out of the way and I’m loving the openness of the classroom!) An Outward Sign of What Class is Like At the beginning of every year, I spend a… Read More No More Desks!
A few weeks ago, I wrote about my final exam projects. The gist of that post was that I was giving up micromanaging the kids’ writing. They would write on their own and they would edit on their own. You can find part 1 here and part 2 here. The assignment For their final exam,… Read More Micromanaging the Class (Part 3): The Results
Everyone makes mistakes. As a language teacher, I know this implicitly: kids are always making mistakes with their language. But should I chide them for it? Or gently correct them? Should I be mad about mistakes? Or should I roll with it? I hope that it’s obvious from what I’ve written here that I am… Read More The Best Kind of Mistake