90% TL Is NOT the Only Goal

Last week, I was in the middle of an activity. I think it was a game. The kids were engaged. They were participating. I was speaking Spanish. They were speaking Spanish. Everything was perfect. Until I looked around and thought, “What mode of communication is this?” Woah. Screeching halt. I couldn’t answer that question. Okay,…

Free Writes and Novels

In my last post I talked about being happy with making progress, and not feeling pressured to do all the things right now. So now I’m going to follow that up by telling you about the new things I’m trying! However, I am trying these new things because I really feel like they are the right “next…

I Need Do ALL the Things

FVR Timed free-writing Learn the chorus Stories Cloze Circle conversations Group conversations Circumlocution Stations Baile Viernes PBL Genius Hour El Internado Writing & revision Speak more Spanish Most common words Those are just SOME of the things floating around right now that, according to the Internet, I should be doing in my classroom. On top of…

Edmodo vs. Google Classroom

What a year it’s been so far! Things are going great, but I am so busy! I haven’t been posting as much lately, but the beginning of the year craziness is starting to wind down, so I’m hoping I’ll be a bit more active on here in the near future. Last year, I used Edmodo to…

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…

The Best Laid Plans

I got some pretty big news yesterday. If you were in last night’s #langchat, you may already know my big news. But let me tell you the whole story because the whole thing is still spinning in my head. I informed the administrators in my district at the end of the last school year that…