My One Big Thing From Central States

Oh, spring in Ohio. On Wednesday we cut our grass for the first time this year, this Monday (the first day of Spring Break!) the forecast high is 71 degrees, and today is a snow day. I’m a little late to the Central States reflection game, but I’ve had some time to try out what…

Extreme Classroom Makeover 2016

This summer was a time of big changes in my room and I am so excited about them! For comparison, take a look at what my room looked like last year. Okay, ready for the new look? Here we go:The most drastic change for this year is the move to tables. I am beyond pumped about the…

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…

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…

Happy Day!

It’s been a pretty excellent day so far, and since everything is about Spanish or school, I just have to share. In the mail today, I received several excellent items: 1) My anniversary present from my husband, a Spanish language copy of The Hobbit. 2) My contract for my new district (which also came with…

A Little Win with Food

This week is sophomore graduation testing at my school, which means that the sophomores have to be here at the regular time in the morning, they spend the first two hours testing, and then the whole student body operates on an altered schedule for the rest of the day. That means that all but one…

Reflective Teacher Day 17

Day 17: One thing that is different from a year ago that I am grateful for… is my husband’s schedule. There are lots of things that are different this year, but this is, honestly, the biggest. Last year, I taught all day, tutored after school until 6 and came home to an empty house (except for…

Reflective Teacher Day 16

Day 16: What is the most powerful aspect of being a connected educator? What are you grateful for? As the only foreign language teacher in my district, it is absolutely essential for me to be connected to other teachers via the Internet. I teach with some excellent, helpful people, several of whom took several years…

Reflective Teacher Day 15

Day 15: What tech tools are you most grateful for? Why? How have they changed what you do? Number one is absolutely my projector. I love that my students and I can pull up web pages, watch music videos, and just generally get in touch with the Spanish-speaking world. I have a class set of…

Reflective Teacher Day 12

Day 12: Share a photo – or photos – of things / people you are grateful for. Joe & Jules Here’s a picture I snuck of my husband and our dog. They, among many other excellent, supportive family members, are what I am thankful for. My husband is so supportive. He’s so understanding of how much…

Reflective Teacher Day 8

Day 8: Write about a memorable moment in the classroom and how it reminded you about why you love what you do. It’s hard for me to pick just one, but maybe I can choose just one or two types of moments. Those occasional days when students tell me “Today was awesome! I feel like…

Reflective Teacher Day 4

Day 4: What was the nicest gift that you received from a student/parent/colleague? This one happened to me just last week! I’m the junior class advisor, and last week we put on an awesome haunted house fundraiser. Or school basically consists of a lobby with one hallway going off left and right. There’s a second floor…