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…

Novel Review and Conversation Practice

My Spanish 1 classes finished Brandon Brown quiere un perro last week, and this week we are gearing up for a final assessment of the novel following the interpersonal speaking and presentational writing that Allison describes here. Last week, we played some games to review the novel and make sure everyone was really clear on…

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…

Looking Back at This Year

We just started the last quarter of the year and all my students are starting to talk about how excited they are for summer. I try not to let on too strongly, but I’m pretty excited for summer as well. Warm nights. Long days. Sleeping in. What’s not to love? But I’m also looking forward to summer…

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…

Reflective Teacher Day 8

Day 8: Write about a memorable moment in the classroom and how it reminded you about why you love what you do. It’s hard for me to pick just one, but maybe I can choose just one or two types of moments. Those occasional days when students tell me “Today was awesome! I feel like…

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…

Reflective Teaching Day 9: My Secret Success

I’m doing pretty well so far! The prompt for day nine is: Write about one of your biggest accomplishments in your teaching that no one knows about. This is a hard one for me for several reasons: 1) I’ve only been teaching for a few years, and I definitely feel that the best parts of…

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…

Day One, Down

For the last month, I’ve meant to get on here and reflect about the end of my summer of change and getting ready for the school year. However, implementing major change means doing major work and I simply never had the energy. But now the first day of school is over, and I have a…

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…