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…

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!” –…

Not a Research Paper

I can’t believe how long it’s been since my last post! I feel like it was just last week, but my life’s been so busy, both in and out of school, that time has flown! Things are starting to settle down and I’m starting to get excited for Christmas! Last year, I assigned my Spanish…

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…

2 Classes, 1 Period

Next year, due to a variety of circumstances (a nearby high school shutting its doors, students who were scared of all my changes this year who dropped and are now picking up again next year, general influx of people into the area due to gas & oil drilling), I’m going from 75 total students to 127 (as…

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…

Surrounding Them With Culture – Literally

I would wager that, if you walk into just about any foreign language class in the world, one of the things you would see in almost all of them is flags. Whether they are suspended from the ceiling, hanging on the walls, serving as curtains, tiny flags on bulletin board borders, spread across the top…

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…

Immigration Unit and TodaysMeet

After Christmas break, I started an immigration unit with my Spanish 3 students and, since I didn’t particularly like the unit I had planned for Spanish 4, I decided to modify it for them as well. Additionally, I had a dental appointment that day. Sub plans for the first day of a unit? Yikes! But…

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…