Looking Back at This Year

We just started the last quarter of the year and all my students are starting to talk about how excited they are for summer. I try not to let on too strongly, but I’m pretty excited for summer as well. Warm nights. Long days. Sleeping in. What’s not to love? But I’m also looking forward to summer…

What kind of teacher am I?

This excellent set of sentence starters comes to us from Sra. Spanglish of PBL in the TL, and she’s challenging all of us to complete it with her. So here we go… 1. I am a good teacher because I am committed to getting better. And better. And better. Even if it’s hard (and it…

I can…Write an “I Can” Statement for Every Day

Before this year, I thought I was a pretty good lesson planner. Turns out, I was good at following a book and a routine. My textbook was set up with two lessons per unit, and two points of grammar per lesson. So day 1 was new vocab day, day 2 was new grammar 1, day 3…

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 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 12: My future

Today’s prompt is one I’m excited to write about! And it definitely fits in with the “Big Questions” theme I had going earlier this summer! What a thought-provoking question! How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years? In the next five years, I definitely see my teaching changing a great deal….

How I Plan a Unit

I was going to hold off on my normal blogging until the TeachThought 30 day challenge was over, but my “blog about this” list is getting so long that I don’t think I can manage. So here we go for post number 2. I’m still very new to this whole planning a unit with no…

Reflective Teaching Day 7: An Inspirational Colleague

Day 7’s prompt promises to be a tough one for me: Who was or is your most inspirational colleague, and why? This one is tough for a few reasons. 1) I’ve learned so many things from so many colleagues, and 2) So much of what I’ve learned about teaching Spanish has come from people who, strictly…

Reflective Teaching Day 1: My Goals for This Year

This month has been big for me! I created a Twitter account and participated in my first #langchat ever (okay, I mostly lurked, but I was there!). It’s been less than a week, but Twitter has already been a great resource for me. I’ve discovered 3 new blogs to check out, gotten some great resources,…

No textbook? Am I ready for this?

As I read other Spanish teachers’ blogs, I’m noticing a trend. Many of them have thrown out the textbook. Sara-Elizabeth Cottrell of Musicuentos in particular is adamant about her loathing of textbooks. The more I read, the more I want to be like those teachers, but the honest truth is that I’m extremely nervous about it. Textbooks are…