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…

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…

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…

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 Teaching Day 26: Resources

What are your three favorite go-to sites for help/tips/resources in your teaching? The hardest part about this prompt is picking just three, but let’s see. Pinterest. For sure. I am constantly finding great ideas, authentic resources, activities, videos. I’ve got a lot of great pins stockpiled for later use, and if I can’t find what…

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…