A Carrot and a Carrot

Like many world language teachers, one of my biggest struggles is hitting that magical 90% TL goal. You can see some of my other thoughts and strategies on this issue in these three posts. This year, I find myself in a new school with an entirely new set of students. That means that all the groundwork I…

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…

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 25: Ideal Student Collaboration

The ideal collaboration between students- what would it look like? In an ideal world (and I’m talking truly perfect, here) this is what I would see: Students asking and answering questions and helping each other. They do this well enough already, but the really important thing for me would be: they would do it without…

Reflective Teaching Day 1: My Goals for This Year

This month has been big for me! I created a Twitter account and participated in my first #langchat ever (okay, I mostly lurked, but I was there!). It’s been less than a week, but Twitter has already been a great resource for me. I’ve discovered 3 new blogs to check out, gotten some great resources,…

The Big Questions: Homework

Homework is such a source of stress for me. I think it’s important for students to practice using the language on their own, but when they consistently make mistake after mistake, aren’t they just learning to do it wrong? On the other hand, it’s extremely useful for me as a teacher to see what they’re…

Éxitos: If Clauses

Today it was my task in Spanish III to introduce my students to the “if clause” construct, both for things that are probable or possible and for things that are improbable or impossible. I have had classes for whom this was a difficult item in the past, so I had lots of practice activities planned. So I…

The Big Questions: How Much English?

I was led to begin this journey of putting my thoughts down by a few big questions that have been floating around in my head (and a lot of little ones as well). Some of the things I’ve been thinking about lately are too big to keep all the details in my own brain. How…

Stuck in a rut

As my third year teaching draws to a close, there are many things that I think I do well. There are also many things I think I could improve upon. The biggest of these is that I seem to be stuck in a teaching rut. I have such big ideas, and so many wild thoughts…