The How and Why of Music in My Classroom

About a week ago, I was conversing on Twitter about how much I love incorporating music into my classroom, and teaching my students a song of the week. Wendy lamented that she doesn’t feel like she has enough French music with usable structures to do a song of the week. I couldn’t make any suggestions, but it…

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…

Rubrics and #Langchat

This week, the #langchat topic was rubrics: the difficulties in creating/finding them, the struggles we have when implementing a (new) rubric, the best ways to create and use a rubric, etc. I missed Thursday’s session, but read through the tweets during Friday morning graduation testing. I came away with lots of good resources and made…

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…

End of Year Surveys

Last week, students at my school started scheduling for next year. That means I get lots of questions about what the next level of Spanish is like. Even though we still have several weeks of school left, I thought that since they’re thinking hard about next year, this was a good time to give them…

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…

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…

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 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 19: Student Reflection

Name three powerful ways students can reflect on their learning, then discuss closely the one you use most often. There’s a problem with this prompt. It assumes that I adequately and proficiently utilize various methods to encourage students to reflect. I suppose I could list three ways to get students reflect, and then come up…