Putting Students “On-The-Spot”

Are my interpersonal activities really just presentations for an audience of one? What can I do differently?… Read More Putting Students “On-The-Spot”

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Building skills, not learning facts…And an announcement about ACTFL 2018

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

Loosening the “Teacher Grip”

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”