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…

A Carrot and a Carrot

Like many world language teachers, one of my biggest struggles is hitting that magical 90% TL goal. You can see some of my other thoughts and strategies on this issue in these three posts. This year, I find myself in a new school with an entirely new set of students. That means that all the groundwork I…

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…

Reflective Teacher Day 3

Still playing catch-up! After today I should be all set! Day 3: What are you most proud of to date in your teaching career? This is a hard question! On the one hand, I feel like every day I have something to be proud of just for planning lessons, grading tests, and engaging kids. On…

I don’t do my best.

My crazy life has been getting to me lately. I’ve been stressed out and tired and just not happy. I’ve been feeling guilty that the lessons I’m planning aren’t awesome, and then, since they’re not, the kids aren’t as engaged as I want them to be, and then I get discouraged, and it’s quite the…

Reflective Teaching Day 30: If I weren’t afraid…

What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid? I can’t believe we’re already at the end of September! It seems like this 30 day challenge (and the school year!) have just begun! And what a prompt to end on! I made a lot of changes this year that I certainly wouldn’t have done…

Reflective Teaching Day 29: How I’ve Changed

How have you changed as an educator since you first started? Oh my goodness! I’m only in my 4th year teaching, but it’s incredible how much I’ve changed! The biggest thing, as you’ve probably figured out if you’ve been reading my blog for a few days, is the huge change in what and how I…

Reflective Teaching Day 22: My PLN

What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching? My PLN consists of a few people I actually know: several foreign language teachers that I went to college with, the teacher from whom I took Spanish in high school, the other teachers in my district (of course), and one high…

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…

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…