This year, like all New Years, brings with it a sense of excitement and renewal. We just returned from a 2 week break (we came back to school on Thursday of last week) and everyone is happy to be back and ready to learn…or at least I am! 2018 brought with it a lot of… Read More What’s New in 2019
The day after our class fiestas was not really what I was expecting…… Read More Fiestas and a Hard Lesson (For Me)
2 weeks in, but really only 1 week in We’re two and a half weeks into the year, which means that most of my classes have completed a week’s worth of work (I only see the kids 2 times a week). It’s been a very positive first few weeks of school and I’m looking forward… Read More Building skills, not learning facts…And an announcement about ACTFL 2018
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
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
Kids need novelty. Every blog from every teacher I follow, every textbook on language teaching, and every bIt of common sense in my head tells me that this is the case. Seven years of experience with the same kids in the same school has proved it. If I do the same thing day after day,… Read More Don’t Replace, Add