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
The day after our class fiestas was not really what I was expecting…… Read More Fiestas and a Hard Lesson (For Me)
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!
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
As teachers, we want to control all the things the students are doing. It is in the nature of our profession to create perfect students who do things exactly as we tell them and give us answers that are exactly what we are expecting, but that’s not how kids work. They want to do things their own way and be individuals. If our grip is too tight, if we don’t allow their individuality, creativity, and ingenuity to shine through, we might turn off the students to learning and acquiring languages altogether.… Read More Loosening the “Teacher Grip”
First Days of School I have been back to work since the 12th, but I’ve only seen the kids for 5 days’ worth of classes, so it’s like it’s been a full week. I’ve been spending my time getting back into the swing of teaching after being home with my 2 sons for the whole summer.… Read More Back to School…
Yesterday, I went to a presentation by the Classroom Management Gurus, Harry and Rosemary Wong. I have heard about them ever since I started my teaching degree and I have had their book, The First Days of School since my very first class in graduate school (which was classroom management). I have read through the… Read More Classroom Management: Work Smarter, Not Harder