Learning About Novels

When I accepted my new position this year, one of the things I was most bummed about leaving behind (aside from great students, colleagues, and a job that I really enjoyed) was all the novels! Over the last couple of years I had received several local grants that had allowed me to purchase a whole…

My One Big Thing From Central States

Oh, spring in Ohio. On Wednesday we cut our grass for the first time this year, this Monday (the first day of Spring Break!) the forecast high is 71 degrees, and today is a snow day. I’m a little late to the Central States reflection game, but I’ve had some time to try out what…

Sustained Silent Reading…So Far

This year, one of my big goals was to implement SSR/FVR in my classroom. I have been slowly building my classroom library with trips to Ollie’s and padding out Amazon orders to get the free shipping with cheap books in Spanish (as I tell my students, I’d rather spend $8 on 2 extra books than…

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…

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…

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…

Edmodo vs. Google Classroom

What a year it’s been so far! Things are going great, but I am so busy! I haven’t been posting as much lately, but the beginning of the year craziness is starting to wind down, so I’m hoping I’ll be a bit more active on here in the near future. Last year, I used Edmodo to…

My Advice Is…

During the last regular school day (before exams) this year, my students and I did a little project. I recorded each student giving a piece of advice for future students. At the time we did the recording, the assumption was that I would be back at this school, and that only my incoming Spanish 1…

The Best Laid Plans

I got some pretty big news yesterday. If you were in last night’s #langchat, you may already know my big news. But let me tell you the whole story because the whole thing is still spinning in my head. I informed the administrators in my district at the end of the last school year that…

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…

Reflective Teacher Day 11

Happy Veteran’s Day! And thank you to all those who have served to protect our freedom here in the US. Day 11: What is the most important ‘lesson’ you want to teach your students? Is it possible to pick just one!? I want my students to learn so much! I want them to learn compassion…