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…

2016-17 Curriculum

The last week or so, I have been loving that teachers are posting their plans for this year. I always love to see what other teachers are doing with their students! If you haven’t seen them yet, here are plans from Kristy, Dustin, Allison, and Sharon for everything from Spanish 1 to Spanish 4 (I…

Building Vocabulary

So far this summer, I’ve been thinking about a lot of big things I want to do for next year. But here are some smaller things I’m considering that I’m hoping will have big impacts on students’ vocabularies and confidence. For years now, I have wanted to implement a word wall, but I haven’t been very…

TV in Class – Making it Compelling

Have you seen this!? How cool is that!? Seriously, that is awesome. I want one. But it’s also kind of scary, right? I mean, from a language teacher’s perspective, anyway, it’s just one more way that the traditional language class is becoming obsolete. I can hear you now – “But that technology is so expensive!” –…

Winding Down and Gearing Up

Am I the only one who starts getting excited for fall as soon as I start taking classroom decor down? I mean, who doesn’t love summer break, but back to school! We’re down to one more student day, and, as usual, I’m feeling reflective at the end of the year. It seems like it was ages ago…

New Lesson Plans, One Week Later

Last week, I made a bit of a splash. I’ll admit, I’m kind of proud, but mostly, I’m amazed. My last post, which was really just me reflecting on things that other people have already blogged about, ended up generating (with some retweets and mentions from some awesome people on twitter) in one day almost 6…

CSCTFL16 and Lesson Plans

It’s been a week since Central States and, let me tell you, I have needed this week to ruminate on what I learned there. This was my first ever world language conference, and I couldn’t have picked a better one to start with! I met some really awesome people, got to attend a live #langchat…

2016, Here We Go

Happy New Year! It seems like when the calendar changes from one year to the next, people get thoughtful. I’ve had a pretty good time reading everyone else’s reflections this year, so here I go with my own. Once again, I feel like it’s been ages since my last post. A lot of that is because…

Two Weeks Down!

The teachers at my new school have now been back in session for two full weeks. We’ve had seven regular school days with students, and I’m starting to feel like I’m getting into a groove. So far, I love my new district. The staff is wonderful and welcoming, and they’re being very understanding about my hundreds…

Back to School Goals

I can’t believe it’s already time for back to school! My life has been a whirlwind this summer, between getting hired at a new school close to my hometown and hoping and praying that my husband would also find a job nearby, the first half of the summer flew. And then, as the beginning of…

The Best Laid Plans

I got some pretty big news yesterday. If you were in last night’s #langchat, you may already know my big news. But let me tell you the whole story because the whole thing is still spinning in my head. I informed the administrators in my district at the end of the last school year that…

Summer Progress Report Number 1

It’s the second week of summer (really only the second?!) and I have been so busy! Between graduations, grad parties, family events, and just plain summer I feel like it’s just started and like I’ve been out of school for a month already. But at the end of the year, I set a few goals for myself. Here’s…