Travel Unit Intro

It’s a strange time of year. We’re close to the end of the school year, and it’s graduation testing time, so for 3 days a week for 3 weeks, we’re on shortened schedules, with 2 normal days mixed in. Add prom on top of that, and I have a perfect storm of inattentive and worn out…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Teaching Colors & Description

Right now, I’m about halfway through a unit in Spanish 1 that I call “Así soy yo”, in which we cover colors, likes and dislikes, and describing people. Here are some of the activities that I’ve had success with so far It’s probably too late for you to use them with your current 1’s, but…

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 –…

Turning awful into awesome

Warning: This post is honest. Some of it does not make me look like a great teacher. I’m not always a great teacher. But I have got to get these thoughts out, and maybe you can empathize with my “situation.” I mentioned yesterday in my TeachThought challenge post that it wasn’t a great day. It stemmed…

Reflective Teaching Day 12: My future

Today’s prompt is one I’m excited to write about! And it definitely fits in with the “Big Questions” theme I had going earlier this summer! What a thought-provoking question! How do you envision your teaching changing over the next five years? In the next five years, I definitely see my teaching changing a great deal….

Reflective Teaching Day 2: New Technology

So far so good, two days in a row! Today’s prompt is: Write about one piece of technology that you would like to try this year, and why. You might also write about what you’re hoping to see out of this edtech integration. This is particularly timely one for me, as many things are changing…

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,…

Éxitos: Pirámide

This is a game I created after Christmas break last year, when I went from speaking mostly English to speaking only Spanish with my Spanish III students (there wasn’t enough interest to garner a Spanish IV class). I was still following the textbook, and I was totally stymied by the idea of getting my students to practice…