The How and Why of Music in My Classroom

About a week ago, I was conversing on Twitter about how much I love incorporating music into my classroom, and teaching my students a song of the week. Wendy lamented that she doesn’t feel like she has enough French music with usable structures to do a song of the week. I couldn’t make any suggestions, but it…

Late Work Policy 2016

I can hardly believe that we’re two full weeks into the school year already! Things are going really well so far, and I’m loving my change to tables. If you get a chance, I highly recommend it – students no longer try to finagle their groups so that they’re always working with the same people….

Extreme Classroom Makeover 2016

This summer was a time of big changes in my room and I am so excited about them! For comparison, take a look at what my room looked like last year. Okay, ready for the new look? Here we go:The most drastic change for this year is the move to tables. I am beyond pumped about the…

2016-17 Curriculum

The last week or so, I have been loving that teachers are posting their plans for this year. I always love to see what other teachers are doing with their students! If you haven’t seen them yet, here are plans from Kristy, Dustin, Allison, and Sharon for everything from Spanish 1 to Spanish 4 (I…

#AuthresAugust

I am currently loving all the #AuthresAugust posts going on! Be sure to check out what Maris, Wendy, Sara-Elizabeth, and Megan have already shared. Rather than share an awesome list of links, here are a few places that I have recently found myself visiting a lot for authres. Sara-Elizabeth already blogged about the wonder that is Twitter, so I…

New Audio Lingua Collab Page

A while back, I shared links to a collaborative project that basically entailed compiling everyone’s Audio Lingua transcripts in one place for easy sharing. I don’t know about anyone else, but I use this resource a lot and often find myself transcribing clips for Cloze or other activities. I’ve been meaning to do this for a…

Building Vocabulary

So far this summer, I’ve been thinking about a lot of big things I want to do for next year. But here are some smaller things I’m considering that I’m hoping will have big impacts on students’ vocabularies and confidence. For years now, I have wanted to implement a word wall, but I haven’t been very…

TV in Class – Making it Compelling

Have you seen this!? How cool is that!? Seriously, that is awesome. I want one. But it’s also kind of scary, right? I mean, from a language teacher’s perspective, anyway, it’s just one more way that the traditional language class is becoming obsolete. I can hear you now – “But that technology is so expensive!” –…

Winding Down and Gearing Up

Am I the only one who starts getting excited for fall as soon as I start taking classroom decor down? I mean, who doesn’t love summer break, but back to school! We’re down to one more student day, and, as usual, I’m feeling reflective at the end of the year. It seems like it was ages ago…

Rubrics and #Langchat

This week, the #langchat topic was rubrics: the difficulties in creating/finding them, the struggles we have when implementing a (new) rubric, the best ways to create and use a rubric, etc. I missed Thursday’s session, but read through the tweets during Friday morning graduation testing. I came away with lots of good resources and made…

Travel Unit Intro

It’s a strange time of year. We’re close to the end of the school year, and it’s graduation testing time, so for 3 days a week for 3 weeks, we’re on shortened schedules, with 2 normal days mixed in. Add prom on top of that, and I have a perfect storm of inattentive and worn out…

Manía Musical de Marzo: The Results

One of my (newish) favorite things about this time of year is Musical March Madness! I love the idea, and implemented it for the first time this year. It went really well. The kids were so into it! It was a good break from learning new songs every week, but in the last couple of…