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
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
Are my interpersonal activities really just presentations for an audience of one? What can I do differently?… Read More Putting Students “On-The-Spot”
This school year has been going for a month now and things are coming together. I wasn’t so sure that this would happen, though. I had a lot of changes this year, the biggest of which was getting rid of all my desks. I had a practice run of this last year with my half-deskless… Read More Falling Into Place
Sometimes I question my grand experiment, that is, the whole story behind this blog. I know others out there can feel a lack of confidence bred by the daily grind of school life, the inability to step outside of our own routines and see through new eyes. Sometimes I want to just go back to… Read More Experiments, Failed and Otherwise