No textbook? Am I ready for this?

As I read other Spanish teachers’ blogs, I’m noticing a trend. Many of them have thrown out the textbook. Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell of Musicuentos in particular is adamant about her loathing of textbooks. The more I read, the more I want to be like those teachers, but the honest truth is that I’m extremely nervous about it. Textbooks are…

It’s summer!

Today is the first official day of summer break, so of course I can’t stop thinking about everything I want to accomplish in order to implement big changes in the fall. Who knows whether this burst of motivation will last into July, so in order to help that happen, here’s my to-do list of goals…

The Big Questions: Homework

Homework is such a source of stress for me. I think it’s important for students to practice using the language on their own, but when they consistently make mistake after mistake, aren’t they just learning to do it wrong? On the other hand, it’s extremely useful for me as a teacher to see what they’re…