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…

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 25: Ideal Student Collaboration

The ideal collaboration between students- what would it look like? In an ideal world (and I’m talking truly perfect, here) this is what I would see: Students asking and answering questions and helping each other. They do this well enough already, but the really important thing for me would be: they would do it without…

Turning awful into awesome

Warning: This post is honest. Some of it does not make me look like a great teacher. I’m not always a great teacher. But I have got to get these thoughts out, and maybe you can empathize with my “situation.” I mentioned yesterday in my TeachThought challenge post that it wasn’t a great day. It stemmed…

Reflective Teaching Day 9: My Secret Success

I’m doing pretty well so far! The prompt for day nine is: Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about. This is a hard one for me for several reasons: 1) I’ve only been teaching for a few years, and I definitely feel that the best parts of…

Reflective Teaching Day 1: My Goals for This Year

This month has been big for me! I created a Twitter account and participated in my first #langchat ever (okay, I mostly lurked, but I was there!). It’s been less than a week, but Twitter has already been a great resource for me. I’ve discovered 3 new blogs to check out, gotten some great resources,…

Day One, Down

For the last month, I’ve meant to get on here and reflect about the end of my summer of change and getting ready for the school year. However, implementing major change means doing major work and I simply never had the energy. But now the first day of school is over, and I have a…

The Big Questions: How Much English?

I was led to begin this journey of putting my thoughts down by a few big questions that have been floating around in my head (and a lot of little ones as well). Some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately are too big to keep all the details in my own brain. How…