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…

Describing People

It’s been a while! It seems like since the “new” factor of the new school year and my new school have worn off some, I’ve had my nose to the grindstone! I’ve definitely been working hard, and I’m starting to see it pay off! My super quiet Spanish 3 class is starting to open up a little with…

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…

How Much English?

The obvious answer to this question, for foreign language teachers, is “Less than 10%!” That’s what all the experts say, right? And, of course, let’s not forget the caveat that it has to be less than 10% for the teacher and the students. That means that, somehow, I need to get my students to speak Spanish…

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

Reflective Teaching Day 24: Learning Trends

Which learning trend captures your attention the most, and why? (Mobile learning, project-based learning, game-based learning, etc.) This is such an interesting one for me because right now my teaching is undergoing such a huge change that it’s hard to say what captures my attention! Increasingly in the world of world language teaching, classrooms are…