2016, Here We Go

Happy New Year! It seems like when the calendar changes from one year to the next, people get thoughtful. I’ve had a pretty good time reading everyone else’s reflections this year, so here I go with my own. Once again, I feel like it’s been ages since my last post. A lot of that is because…

Two Weeks Down!

The teachers at my new school have now been back in session for two full weeks. We’ve had seven regular school days with students, and I’m starting to feel like I’m getting into a groove. So far, I love my new district. The staff is wonderful and welcoming, and they’re being very understanding about my hundreds…

Back to School Goals

I can’t believe it’s already time for back to school! My life has been a whirlwind this summer, between getting hired at a new school close to my hometown and hoping and praying that my husband would also find a job nearby, the first half of the summer flew. And then, as the beginning of…

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…

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…

Reflective Teacher Day 14

Day 14: 5 things you are grateful to have learned in your teaching career Anger doesn’t do anyone any good. And letting that anger out at a kid or a class really doesn’t do anyone any good. It just makes me feel guilty afterward, embarrasses the kid or class, and hurts the precious relationships that I…

Reflective Teacher Day 11

Happy Veteran’s Day! And thank you to all those who have served to protect our freedom here in the US. Day 11: What is the most important ‘lesson’ you want to teach your students? Is it possible to pick just one!? I want my students to learn so much! I want them to learn compassion…

Reflective Teacher Day 10

Day 10: Being grateful for humor – share a story about a time in career where humor played a part. I feel like I could include every day in this post! But one of my biggest uses of humor is definitely to teach students what not to say. Usually, I don’t translate things students say that…

Reflective Teacher Day 9

Day 9: What is one way you could develop the Attitude of Gratitude in your classroom or school? Try it out and let us know how it went in a couple of weeks. I think one easy thing I could do would be to just let my students know what I’m thankful for. Maybe I…

Reflective Teacher Day 7

Day 7: What new learning has inspired you in your career? Over the almost-year, I’ve started learning about teaching foreign language through Comprehensible Input. That’s it. It has completely changed the way I teach, how I plan lessons, what I expect out of my students, and how I assess them. After spending 10 years as either…

Reflective Teacher Day 6

Day 6: Share a quote or verse that has inspired you and tell us why. This is a hard one for me. I’m not really a “quote-y” person. I don’t have a “quotes” board on my Pinterest, and the only “quotes” posted around my classroom are posters that I inherited from other teachers. My students’…

Reflective Teacher Day 3

Still playing catch-up! After today I should be all set! Day 3: What are you most proud of to date in your teaching career? This is a hard question! On the one hand, I feel like every day I have something to be proud of just for planning lessons, grading tests, and engaging kids. On…