Looking Back at This Year

We just started the last quarter of the year and all my students are starting to talk about how excited they are for summer. I try not to let on too strongly, but I’m pretty excited for summer as well. Warm nights. Long days. Sleeping in. What’s not to love? But I’m also looking forward to summer…

Don’t Waste Your Study Abroad!

I imagine most of the people who read my little blog have already done their study abroad experience. But just in case! Or if you know someone who is preparing for theirs, please share! This thought popped into my head this morning, and maybe it’s there because someone needs to hear my thoughts. 🙂 Chances…

What kind of teacher am I?

This excellent set of sentence starters comes to us from Sra. Spanglish of PBL in the TL, and she’s challenging all of us to complete it with her. So here we go… 1. I am a good teacher because I am committed to getting better. And better. And better. Even if it’s hard (and it…

A Little Win with Food

This week is sophomore graduation testing at my school, which means that the sophomores have to be here at the regular time in the morning, they spend the first two hours testing, and then the whole student body operates on an altered schedule for the rest of the day. That means that all but one…

Surrounding Them With Culture – Literally

I would wager that, if you walk into just about any foreign language class in the world, one of the things you would see in almost all of them is flags. Whether they are suspended from the ceiling, hanging on the walls, serving as curtains, tiny flags on bulletin board borders, spread across the top…

Audio Lingua – Let’s Collaborate

One of the resources that I use a great deal in class is Audio Lingua. If you haven’t used it, let me start by saying – do it! It’s an excellent resource for listening activities. You can search by topic, level of difficulty, and even age and gender of speakers. The site itself can be…

I can…Write an “I Can” Statement for Every Day

Before this year, I thought I was a pretty good lesson planner. Turns out, I was good at following a book and a routine. My textbook was set up with two lessons per unit, and two points of grammar per lesson. So day 1 was new vocab day, day 2 was new grammar 1, day 3…