Comprehensible Input and Verb Tenses

I almost titled this post “Comprehensible Input and Grammar” but I think “verb tenses” is really what I want to talk about. So far, this year has been pretty great. My Spanish 1 students continue to impress me every day. I guess it’s expected that Spanish 1 students would learn a great deal in the…

Great days!

You know those days that just go awesome? This has been one of those days. First, for Spanish 1 I shamelessly stole Andrea from Lugar Para Pensar’s Día de los Muertos plans and it went really, really well. We had some pretty good discussion about the differences between Halloween and Day of the Dead, and I…

Teaching Colors & Description

Right now, I’m about halfway through a unit in Spanish 1 that I call “Así soy yo”, in which we cover colors, likes and dislikes, and describing people. Here are some of the activities that I’ve had success with so far It’s probably too late for you to use them with your current 1’s, but…

Dipping My Toes in the Water of Project Based Learning

During the TeachThought 30 day blogging challenge, one of the prompts asked us what learning trend we were most interested in. Writing and thinking about that post got me thinking more about Project Based Learning. It sounds neat. Letting the kids learn my subject the way they learn the things they really care about –…

I don’t do my best.

My crazy life has been getting to me lately. I’ve been stressed out and tired and just not happy. I’ve been feeling guilty that the lessons I’m planning aren’t awesome, and then, since they’re not, the kids aren’t as engaged as I want them to be, and then I get discouraged, and it’s quite the…

IPAs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As I travel down the “proficiency path” for the first time this year, some things have been really great, and some things have not been so great. I put a ton of work in this summer planning my units for 4 different classes. At the same time, I planned Summative Performance Assessments for each unit. Now…

Stress…

I haven’t been blogging much lately! When the Reflective Teacher challenge ended, I told myself I’d continue to blog every day as an opportunity to share successes and failures, and to simply reflect on each day of teaching. Ha! Let me tell you a little about my day: 5:45 – Alarm. And a promise to myself…

Breaking Through to Spanish 2

It’s no secret that my Spanish 2 classes haven’t exactly been awesome this year. We’re finally to the point that I have convinced the kids that they really should try to speak Spanish as much as possible. But they’re just not engaged. It’s so strange. Nearly every student I have in Spanish 2 this year…