Another Year Gone By… Today is my 2nd Blogiversary. It’s hard to believe that it has been two years since I began sharing my reflections on teaching with the language teaching world and it’s even harder to believe that anybody has been paying attention to them! Thanks to everyone out there who has read and commented!… Read More Start a Language Teaching Blog. Seriously, Do it!
TPRS is awesome. It is powerful and it empowers students. It has also redirected my idea of what students should be able to do after learning language in class. Before TPRS, I didn’t know that language that students learned in class could be internalized. I didn’t know it could become automatic for students. My own… Read More Automaticity and Transparency
This year is the year that everything changed for me, teaching-wise. I became a traveling teacher (rather than having my own room), I changed my curriculum, and I really started to feel like I have come into my own as a teacher. I feel an ease with instruction that I haven’t felt before. Additionally, this… Read More Expanding Personalization in the Classroom
A Tough Question With A Simple Answer I have been blessed in my language-teaching career to not have too many bad things to deal with. I am definitely lucky. After some thinking, though, there are some things that have not been great. The most difficult experience I have had was being a first year teacher… Read More #Teach2Teach Question 3 – “What has been your most troublesome experience with teaching and how did you handle it?”
Sometimes it is hard to determine where the students truly are in terms of proficiency. I am currently implementing a change in my curriculum from a traditional textbook-based one to a communicative one based on high frequency vocabulary and grammar forms. I use storytelling in class and I ask students lots of questions and they… Read More Hallway Conversations
Thanks so much to @senorG Noah Geisel for giving me a shout out today on Twitter. I didn’t know about Connected Educator Month, but I’m glad that I do now. Make sure to get on twitter and use: #CEunder500 #CE14 Get connected with educators all over the world (like me!) and share ideas!
I started doing #langchat twitter discussions after reading about them on blogs like Musicuentos and Sra. Spanglish Rides Again. I wasn’t sure that I could keep up with the people in the discussion. I felt like I was way out of my league, but I jumped in with both feet and got started sharing my… Read More #Langchat