Reflective Teaching Day 30: If I weren’t afraid…

What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid? I can’t believe we’re already at the end of September! It seems like this 30 day challenge (and the school year!) have just begun! And what a prompt to end on! I made a lot of changes this year that I certainly wouldn’t have done…

Reflective Teaching Day 29: How I’ve Changed

How have you changed as an educator since you first started? Oh my goodness! I’m only in my 4th year teaching, but it’s incredible how much I’ve changed! The biggest thing, as you’ve probably figured out if you’ve been reading my blog for a few days, is the huge change in what and how I…

Reflective Teaching Day 28: The Role of Technology

Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa? Definitely vice versa! Don’t get me wrong – I love involving tech in my classes. There are so many excellent apps out there to get kids speaking with confidence, writing creatively, and using the language in authentic ways. But the technology is definitely a tool for making my classroom more…

Reflective Teaching Day 27: Holidays and Weekends

What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching? Holidays! Weekends! Some of my favorite things! In the past, I’ve never done much with holidays. I’ve always been so concerned with getting through all the material that I never felt like I had the time to really do much with holidays. Maybe mention them…

Reflective Teaching Day 26: Resources

What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching? The hardest part about this prompt is picking just three, but let’s see. Pinterest. For sure. I am constantly finding great ideas, authentic resources, activities, videos. I’ve got a lot of great pins stockpiled for later use, and if I can’t find what…

Reflective Teaching Day 25: Ideal Student Collaboration

The ideal collaboration between students- what would it look like? In an ideal world (and I’m talking truly perfect, here) this is what I would see: Students asking and answering questions and helping each other. They do this well enough already, but the really important thing for me would be: they would do it without…

Reflective Teaching Day 24: Learning Trends

Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.) This is such an interesting one for me because right now my teaching is undergoing such a huge change that it’s hard to say what captures my attention! Increasingly in the world of world language teaching, classrooms are…

Reflective Teaching Day 23: Community Involvement

Write about one way that you “meaningfully” involve the community in the learning in your classroom. If you don’t yet do so, discuss one way you could get started. This is (yet another) area where I know I need to improve. I have so many great ideas! Bringing in native speakers to talk about their…

Reflective Teaching Day 22: My PLN

What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching? My PLN consists of a few people I actually know: several foreign language teachers that I went to college with, the teacher from whom I took Spanish in high school, the other teachers in my district (of course), and one high…

Reflective Teaching Day 21: My hobbies & My Teaching

Do you have other hobbies/Interests that you bring into your classroom teaching? Explain. This is an interesting topic for me simply because whenever I’m asked what my “hobbies” are, it’s hard for me to answer. My first thought is always “reading” but the truth is I used to read all the time, but while I still love…

Reflective Teaching Day 20: Curating Student Work

How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves? TeachThought is throwing some tough ones at me these last few days! Again, when I read this prompt, my first reaction was to read others’  blogs. Unfortunately, this early on day 20, there aren’t many others who have responded yet. I also looked up…

Reflective Teaching Day 19: Student Reflection

Name three powerful ways students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often. There’s a problem with this prompt. It assumes that I adequately and proficiently utilize various methods to encourage students to reflect. I suppose I could list three ways to get students reflect, and then come up…