In the past, I was not the biggest fan of using MovieTalk. I have had trouble with getting students to engage without complaining that we’re stopping the movie every few seconds to describe what is happening. But at ACTFL 2018, I saw a few different presentations that had a variation of the MovieTalk structure. In… Read More MovieTalk Activity: El Hombre Elegante
Before we get into definitions and explanations, I just want to remind everyone that I am not an expert at this. I am writing this to share the successes and challenges I encounter as I try new things and show other teachers that doing these kinds of things in your classroom is not only possible… Read More Non-Targeted Comprehensible Input? In Elementary?!?
Edi el elefante and Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro As I have written about before, I started using novels this year. And I can honestly say that during the first 3 months of 2019, there has been a renewed interest in Spanish class for me and for my students. I haven’t had this much excitement… Read More Takeaways: Using Novels For the First Time
Tranquil. That’s the word I would use to describe my class the other day. Calm is another; relaxed could be a third. It was simply sublime…And it’s all thanks to Silent Reading. As I discussed in my last post, we are reading a novel in my 6th Grade Spanish classes: Brandon Brown Quiere un Perro… Read More Silent Reading
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
Graphic Organizers are big in the education world, for good reason: They help students to visually organize their information. It gives them another way to interpret the information that they are reading/learning in their classes. I don’t know why it never occurred to me to try to use a graphic organizer to help students organize… Read More Graphic Organizers for Stories
An unexpected hiatus Burned out, Over it, Exhausted, Fried, Run down These are all phrases I can use to describe the last 2.5 months of school. I was ready to be done with the year in April, which is bad, because the year was over on June 1. I didn’t blog because all I had were negative things… Read More Summer Planning and Getting Back in the Game