Quick Tip: Google Tour Builder

At the beginning of this month, I had the opportunity to attend Ohio’s Google Tech Summit. A little piece of advice: if you haven’t been to a non-language-teaching conference for a while, find one, and a tech conference is a great one! Don’t get me wrong, I love Central States and really hope to make 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!” –…

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…

Two Weeks Down!

The teachers at my new school have now been back in session for two full weeks. We’ve had seven regular school days with students, and I’m starting to feel like I’m getting into a groove. So far, I love my new district. The staff is wonderful and welcoming, and they’re being very understanding about my hundreds…

IPAs, Take 2

One of the things I want to do before next year starts is take another look at the end-of-unit IPAs I created last summer. I definitely think that moving from textbook-based tests to IPAs was a good move for many reasons. First and foremost, I haven’t used the textbook this year, so those tests wouldn’t have made…

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…

Reflective Teacher Day 15

Day 15: What tech tools are you most grateful for? Why? How have they changed what you do? Number one is absolutely my projector. I love that my students and I can pull up web pages, watch music videos, and just generally get in touch with the Spanish-speaking world. I have a class set of…

Breaking Through to Spanish 2

It’s no secret that my Spanish 2 classes haven’t exactly been awesome this year. We’re finally to the point that I have convinced the kids that they really should try to speak Spanish as much as possible. But they’re just not engaged. It’s so strange. Nearly every student I have in Spanish 2 this year…

Reflective Teaching Day 30: If I weren’t afraid…

What would you do (as a teacher) if you weren’t afraid? I can’t believe we’re already at the end of September! It seems like this 30 day challenge (and the school year!) have just begun! And what a prompt to end on! I made a lot of changes this year that I certainly wouldn’t have done…

Reflective Teaching Day 28: The Role of Technology

Respond: Should technology drive curriculum, or vice versa? Definitely vice versa! Don’t get me wrong – I love involving tech in my classes. There are so many excellent apps out there to get kids speaking with confidence, writing creatively, and using the language in authentic ways. But the technology is definitely a tool for making my classroom more…

Reflective Teaching Day 22: My PLN

What does your PLN look like, and what does it to for your teaching? My PLN consists of a few people I actually know: several foreign language teachers that I went to college with, the teacher from whom I took Spanish in high school, the other teachers in my district (of course), and one high…