Sustained Silent Reading…So Far

This year, one of my big goals was to implement SSR/FVR in my classroom. I have been slowly building my classroom library with trips to Ollie’s and padding out Amazon orders to get the free shipping with cheap books in Spanish (as I tell my students, I’d rather spend $8 on 2 extra books than…

Rubrics and #Langchat

This week, the #langchat topic was rubrics: the difficulties in creating/finding them, the struggles we have when implementing a (new) rubric, the best ways to create and use a rubric, etc. I missed Thursday’s session, but read through the tweets during Friday morning graduation testing. I came away with lots of good resources and made…

Let’s Talk About Rubrics

Last week’s #langchat was all about standards based grading and much of the discussion centered around rubrics, the idea being that if you’re going to grade based on standards (be they ACTFL’s Can Dos or state or district level standards), then your rubric should reflect that. It has gotten me thinking, to say the least….

End of Year Surveys

Last week, students at my school started scheduling for next year. That means I get lots of questions about what the next level of Spanish is like. Even though we still have several weeks of school left, I thought that since they’re thinking hard about next year, this was a good time to give them…

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 Teaching Day 20: Curating Student Work

How do you curate student work–or help them do it themselves? TeachThought is throwing some tough ones at me these last few days! Again, when I read this prompt, my first reaction was to read others’  blogs. Unfortunately, this early on day 20, there aren’t many others who have responded yet. I also looked up…

Reflective Teaching Day 19: Student Reflection

Name three powerful ways students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often. There’s a problem with this prompt. It assumes that I adequately and proficiently utilize various methods to encourage students to reflect. I suppose I could list three ways to get students reflect, and then come up…

Reflective Teaching Day 14: Feedback for learning

Today’s topic should be an interesting one! What is feedback for learning and how well do you give is as an educator? This is definitely an area in my teaching where I’m growing right now. In the past, I have always just corrected students’ work and handed it back. Or, during oral review, pointed out…