2 Classes, 1 Period

Next year, due to a variety of circumstances (a nearby high school shutting its doors, students who were scared of all my changes this year who dropped and are now picking up again next year, general influx of people into the area due to gas & oil drilling), I’m going from 75 total students to 127 (as…

Summer Plans

This weekend, I finally heard back about a job I applied for. I’ve been waiting to find out if I would be moving schools before I planned what I really want to accomplish this summer. Both sadly and happily, I will be staying where I am. I love my current job, and I love my…

Finals Choices

One of my more popular posts so far has been the idea that I shared about giving students choice in their midterms. Since that was a hit, I thought I’d share with you what I’m doing for finals this year. For Spanish 1-3 it’s very similar to midterms. Here are the Google Drive folders, if you…

That Extra Bulletin Board

Maybe you’ve had this problem: You’re getting your room set up for the new school year, you have hung up all the flags and posters, you’ve set up your word wall, and you’re organized. But now you have one extra bulletin board. What to do with it? Personally, I’ve never had that problem – I…

My new favorite song

So I think I may be the last Spanish teacher in the world to discover (and love) Vivir mi vida by Marc Anthony, but just in case you haven’t seen or heard it yet, here are some of the reasons I love it: The lyrics: The lyrics are 100% clean, and very repetitive. It’s perfect…

Proficiency Goals

AKA Where should my students be at the end of the year?? There are lots of answers out there to this question. There’s the JCPS scale that tells us exactly how to turn proficiency levels into letter grades: There’s the North Carolina standards that have all sorts of excellent suggestions based on type of language…