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…

Family Members, Year 2

Last year, I shared some successful activities I did with introducing family member vocab. This year, I couldn’t make those same plans happen. I’m in the middle of a move, so my out-of-school life has been pretty hectic lately. Also, because I was hoping that my move would be over by now, the props I used…

Just Try It

Today, I did something new. At least, it was new for me. For the first time ever, I played Kahoot in class. I’ll be honest, I’ve known about Kahoot for a long time. I even participated in a game last January at the Ohio Educational Technology Conference when one of the keynote speakers included a…

Free Writes and Novels

In my last post I talked about being happy with making progress, and not feeling pressured to do all the things right now. So now I’m going to follow that up by telling you about the new things I’m trying! However, I am trying these new things because I really feel like they are the right “next…

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…

Summer Plans

This weekend, I finally heard back about a job I applied for. I’ve been waiting to find out if I would be moving schools before I planned what I really want to accomplish this summer. Both sadly and happily, I will be staying where I am. I love my current job, and I love my…

Finals Choices

One of my more popular posts so far has been the idea that I shared about giving students choice in their midterms. Since that was a hit, I thought I’d share with you what I’m doing for finals this year. For Spanish 1-3 it’s very similar to midterms. Here are the Google Drive folders, if you…

My new favorite song

So I think I may be the last Spanish teacher in the world to discover (and love) Vivir mi vida by Marc Anthony, but just in case you haven’t seen or heard it yet, here are some of the reasons I love it: The lyrics: The lyrics are 100% clean, and very repetitive. It’s perfect…

A Little Win with Food

This week is sophomore graduation testing at my school, which means that the sophomores have to be here at the regular time in the morning, they spend the first two hours testing, and then the whole student body operates on an altered schedule for the rest of the day. That means that all but one…

Choice in…Midterms?

One of the things that was a slight concern for me this year as I moved from teaching grammar and vocabulary to teaching communication was midterms. End of unit tests were a lot of work to create, but for the most part, I’m happy with what I have, at least for now. But midterms? My…

House & Family Vocab

It’s a new year, and so far things are going great! We’re currently in our second week back from Christmas Break, but it sort of feels like we’ve been back forever. On the other hand, we have missed 4 days out of the last 8 due to snow, freezing rain, and extreme cold, so it…

How Much English?

The obvious answer to this question, for foreign language teachers, is “Less than 10%!” That’s what all the experts say, right? And, of course, let’s not forget the caveat that it has to be less than 10% for the teacher and the students. That means that, somehow, I need to get my students to speak Spanish…