I have spent this year making breakthroughs in my teaching practice. Whether it’s using news stories, novels, story circles to engage more students, Non-targeted CI, or working with Movietalk in a new way (for me), I have experimented and felt really successful with each one. Next year, though, is the time to put all of… Read More 2019-2020 Curriculum Shakeup, Part 2: Reading
Priority #1: Culture of TL in the Classroom Confession Time: The biggest regret that I have as a teacher is how much L1 gets used in the classroom. I can do a great job of talking to the students in the TL during a story or an activity, but I can’t seem to get them… Read More 2019-20 Curriculum Shakeup, Part 1
Reflection on the end of the year activity and the future language path of my graduating 8th Graders.… Read More Ending the Year on a High Note
In the past, I was not the biggest fan of using MovieTalk. I have had trouble with getting students to engage without complaining that we’re stopping the movie every few seconds to describe what is happening. But at ACTFL 2018, I saw a few different presentations that had a variation of the MovieTalk structure. In… Read More MovieTalk Activity: El Hombre Elegante
Before we get into definitions and explanations, I just want to remind everyone that I am not an expert at this. I am writing this to share the successes and challenges I encounter as I try new things and show other teachers that doing these kinds of things in your classroom is not only possible… Read More Non-Targeted Comprehensible Input? In Elementary?!?
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