Free Writes and Novels

In my last post I talked about being happy with making progress, and not feeling pressured to do all the things right now. So now I’m going to follow that up by telling you about the new things I’m trying! However, I am trying these new things because I really feel like they are the right “next…

Let’s Talk About Rubrics

Last week’s #langchat was all about standards based grading and much of the discussion centered around rubrics, the idea being that if you’re going to grade based on standards (be they ACTFL’s Can Dos or state or district level standards), then your rubric should reflect that. It has gotten me thinking, to say the least….

Surrounding Them With Culture – Literally

I would wager that, if you walk into just about any foreign language class in the world, one of the things you would see in almost all of them is flags. Whether they are suspended from the ceiling, hanging on the walls, serving as curtains, tiny flags on bulletin board borders, spread across the top…

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…

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 –…

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…