After the Exam

If your school is like my school, the last few days (or maybe the last week) are dedicated to exams. We typically have 48 minute classes, but for exams, we have periods lasting about an hour and a half. It can be tough to plan an exam that keeps everyone working for a good chunk…

Just Try It

Today, I did something new. At least, it was new for me. For the first time ever, I played Kahoot in class. I’ll be honest, I’ve known about Kahoot for a long time. I even participated in a game last January at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference when one of the keynote speakers included a…

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,…

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…

Mi padre se llamo…

I don’t know about you, but one of the things that drives me most crazy is the phrase “Me llamo es.” I hear it occasionally from my 2s and even a couple of 3s still make this mistake. So when my 1s started demonstrating this pattern, I knew I had to nip it in the…

House & Family Vocab

It’s a new year, and so far things are going great! We’re currently in our second week back from Christmas Break, but it sort of feels like we’ve been back forever. On the other hand, we have missed 4 days out of the last 8 due to snow, freezing rain, and extreme cold, so it…

Great days!

You know those days that just go awesome? This has been one of those days. First, for Spanish 1 I shamelessly stole Andrea from Lugar Para Pensar’s Día de los Muertos plans and it went really, really well. We had some pretty good discussion about the differences between Halloween and Day of the Dead, and I…

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…

Éxitos: Pirámide

This is a game I created after Christmas break last year, when I went from speaking mostly English to speaking only Spanish with my Spanish III students (there wasn’t enough interest to garner a Spanish IV class). I was still following the textbook, and I was totally stymied by the idea of getting my students to practice…

Éxitos: If Clauses

Today it was my task in Spanish III to introduce my students to the “if clause” construct, both for things that are probable or possible and for things that are improbable or impossible. I have had classes for whom this was a difficult item in the past, so I had lots of practice activities planned. So I…