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
Hello all, I have updated the look of the blog a bit, mostly to make it easier to access the newly updated Stories Pages. I have divided the stories into ones to use for Elementary and ones to use for Middle or Upper school. Content for the stories is almost all student-driven. As I’ve written… Read More New Stories and a (slightly) New Look
I have been using brain breaks in my classroom a lot this year, mostly to move kids around in my classroom and to get their wiggles out. I have been trying out all kinds of things for them to do: Simon Says – It’s always fun to do quick round of my favorite game in… Read More Brain Breaks and The Story Circle – A Fun Twist on Class Stories
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
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”
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