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…

Assessing Interpersonal

This is an area of my IPA rethink that has been on my mind a lot lately. Here are some of the things I’ve tried, problems I’ve had, and questions I’ve pondered this year with the interpersonal aspect of an end-of-unit IPA: Should the kids talk with me or with each other? This has been a big…

Reflective Teacher Day 5

Day 5: What are your strengths? Which are you most grateful for? My strengths: I’m sure most teachers could list this one, but I’m flexible. I have to be, because, to be honest, great lesson planning is not one of my strengths (yet! I’m working on it!). So sometimes I find myself with extra time at the…

Stress…

I haven’t been blogging much lately! When the Reflective Teacher challenge ended, I told myself I’d continue to blog every day as an opportunity to share successes and failures, and to simply reflect on each day of teaching. Ha! Let me tell you a little about my day: 5:45 – Alarm. And a promise to myself…

Reflective Teaching Day 28: The Role of Technology

Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa? Definitely vice versa! Don’t get me wrong – I love involving tech in my classes. There are so many excellent apps out there to get kids speaking with confidence, writing creatively, and using the language in authentic ways. But the technology is definitely a tool for making my classroom more…

Reflective Teaching Day 27: Holidays and Weekends

What role do weekends and holidays play in your teaching? Holidays! Weekends! Some of my favorite things! In the past, I’ve never done much with holidays. I’ve always been so concerned with getting through all the material that I never felt like I had the time to really do much with holidays. Maybe mention them…

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…

Reflective Teaching Day 18: My teaching is…

Create a metaphor/simile/analogy that describes your teaching philosophy. For example, a “teacher is a ________…” As a teacher, I am a guide. That’s it. I don’t want to (I can’t be) the ultimate authority on my subject. I don’t want to be the only exposure students have to Spanish. I want them to learn words I don’t know,…