The First Week

As I ended the school year, I outlined some ideas for plans for week 1 of the new year, with plans to come back to them later this summer and revise and finalize. Of course, now that I know I’ll be at a new school, I figured I’d have to some pretty heavy revising, especially…

Proficiency Goals

AKA Where should my students be at the end of the year?? There are lots of answers out there to this question. There’s the JCPS scale that tells us exactly how to turn proficiency levels into letter grades: There’s the North Carolina standards that have all sorts of excellent suggestions based on type of language…

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…

Piktochart for Writing (with samples!)

One of the things that I try to do with my students is expose them to new and interesting technology and websites. I’m also always looking for ways to make writing more interesting to the kids. I don’t know about your students, but mine just love PowerPoint. We don’t do a whole lot of up-in-front-of-class presenting, especially…

Comprehensible Input and Verb Tenses

I almost titled this post “Comprehensible Input and Grammar” but I think “verb tenses” is really what I want to talk about. So far, this year has been pretty great. My Spanish 1 students continue to impress me every day. I guess it’s expected that Spanish 1 students would learn a great deal in the…

Dipping My Toes in the Water of Project Based Learning

During the TeachThought 30 day blogging challenge, one of the prompts asked us what learning trend we were most interested in. Writing and thinking about that post got me thinking more about Project Based Learning. It sounds neat. Letting the kids learn my subject the way they learn the things they really care about –…

IPAs – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

As I travel down the “proficiency path” for the first time this year, some things have been really great, and some things have not been so great. I put a ton of work in this summer planning my units for 4 different classes. At the same time, I planned Summative Performance Assessments for each unit. Now…